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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Be cautious: I think the safest thing would be to protect that middle ear from water exposure and this can easily be done with an ear plug.
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Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If ... Read More
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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
No, unless..: Unless you have a perfect way to seal the ear canal, no -- very bad idea. If you saw MD for this you should be on drops and should have strict instruc ... Read More

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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
22 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with wate ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sacher
32 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Can be very painful.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time ... Read More
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A 31-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 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: It is ok to fly with a perforated ear drum.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jill Valerius
22 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: It is still possible to hear, but often times your hearing can be "muffled" a bit.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ravi Samy
Dr. Ravi Samy answered
25 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
Should be ok: You are probably ok to fly. See an otologist. You need a hearing test. Stay on dry ear precautions. Your perforation is perhaps a sign of ... Read More
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