Dr. Maithilee Menezes explains the differences between an outer ear infection vs middle ear infection. Ear infections are very common among children. They usually fall into one of two categories: outer ear infections and middle ear infections. We call an outer or external ear infection “swimmer’s ear.” On the other hand, a middle ear infection is the typical or classical ear infection in a young child. In this video, learn the most common symptoms for both. We also go over the best methods of treatment for ear infections.