An ear infection is a condition caused by a bacterial or viral agent, there are usually three common types. Middle ear infection, swimmer’s ear and labrynthitis. The middle ear is usually the part affected. The middle ear is the section behind the eardrum. Ear infections are quite painful because of inflammation and fluid build-up. Ear infections may be chronic or acute. Chronic infections do not clear up easily and recur. Ear infections are quite common, and more than 4% of the Indian population is or has been once affected by ear infections according to statistics. All age groups are affected by ear infections, but children are the worst affected of all.