If you have never had an ear infection let me say I don't wish it on anyone. I've had one in both ears this last two weeks and the left ear was hurting bad enough I decided to make a trip into town to see the family Doctor. He prescribed ear drops and told me to come back if it wasn't better by today.
I wish I had asked what he meant by better. The pain in the left ear is far less than it was but I can't hear well from that ear. It feels like my ear is full of cotton balls. The swelling in my jaw is down so I can eat properly now but there is still quite a bit of swelling behind the ear. Based on the pain alone, it is better but I wonder when I will be able to hear again.