A smartphone app could help diagnose ear infections more accurately — and at home

With a paper funnel and machine learning, a new smartphone app could help determine at home whether a child has an ear infection.

Middle ear infections, which are detected by fluid buildup in the ear canal, are the most common reason for pediatric visits. Some 2 million kids every year have these infections, but beyond signs of discomfort or sometimes a fever, it’s hard to know at home what may be happening. And left unattended, such infections could cause serious complications, including hearing loss and meningitis.

A general physician, either in the emergency room or

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