According to Better Medicine, burning ears are a common symptom of bacterial or viral inner-ear infections. Additional symptoms include tenderness, redness and swelling. Burning ears are also a symptom of otitis externa, also referred to as swimmer's ear. While most ear infections resolve without intervention, antibiotics may be required in some cases. Burning accompanied by redness around the outer ear and skin around your ear can indicate a more serious infection requiring medical attention.
Healthline explains that earaches are most common in children but can also occur in adults. Earaches can occur in one or both ears, with symptoms that range from an intermittent dull ache to constant burning pain. Earaches are caused by a variety of factors that include ear infection, ear wax build-up, sinus infections and soap build-up inside the ear.
According to the National Health Service UK, it is important to contact a physician if burning ears are accompanied by a high fever, headache or dizziness, or if the earache has not improved within 24 to 48 hours. Home treatment for earaches include warm compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers. It is important to avoid ear drops until a proper diagnosis is made, as ear drops do not work on bacterial ear infections and should not be used if the eardrum has burst.