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how long does a ruptured eardrum take to heal

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Levine
39 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Most heal in 3 weeks: Those that do not heal withing 3 weeks should be evaluated by an ent. There is plenty we can do to fix eardrums.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Varies: Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks after it has been identified. However it can take months or it can not heal at all and re ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
4 to 6 weeks: If the only reason you lost hearing is because of the hole in your eardrum, it will take 4 to 6 weeks in most cases for the hole to close on its own. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infection : After two or three days of being on antibiotics you should see an improvement so if still with pain time to call your doctor .
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Some advice: Keep it dry. Avoid forceful nose blowing. If infected, need antibiotics. Have you seen an ENT? Should do so.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: If the perforation is small, the hearing should return rather quickly. However, if the perforation is associated with middle ear infection and fluid ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
Until: cleared by the otolaryngologist, ear nose and throat doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Please, avoid putting anything in that ear except a cotton plug and see an ENT asap or go to ER/urgent care, good luck
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
Weeks: This typically can take weeks. This should be monitored by a primary care physician or ENT to ensure the rupture heals. No submersion of the ear under ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Drainage, pain, HL: Ruptured eardrums typically present with drainage and pain due to the perforation. Hearing loss due to the opening in the ear drum can also be a part ... Read More
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