Regular Ear Cleanings
While it is not uncommon or even unusual for adults to develop ear infections, it is more prevalent in kids. Children who suffer from frequent ear infections are more at risk of developing mastoiditis. Doctors often recommend regular ear cleanings to help minimize the risk of ear infections and thus, mastoiditis. This method of treatment involves regular visits to the doctor's office so they can clean out the ears.
This is not something patients are encouraged to try at home. During ear cleanings, the doctor uses a special tool to suction the mess out of the ear. This helps prevent bacteria from accumulating in the ear, which has been shown to minimize the risk of future infection. Patients can talk with their doctor about regular ear exams to learn more about how often they would like to schedule these ear cleanings.