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how can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Ravi Samy
Dr. Ravi Samy answered
Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Hearing loss: Typically, an ear drum perforation causes hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness/pressure. It can also cause discharge from the ear if it is infected. Please see an otolaryngologist and have a hearing test performed, .

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Can be helpful: Keeping the ear free of water and tincture of time is what heals an acute tympanic membrane perforation. A ear plug designed to week water out of the ear during bathing, swimming or other water exposure is most helpful.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: It is ok to fly with a perforated ear drum.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
In fact, if you have problems with your ears when flying, a perforation will help pressure changes
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A 19-year-old female asked:

How can I know if my perforated eardrum is healing, not getting worse? (assuming i just want to self-check)

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Need a doctor : Need a doctor to look in your ear and check it. It is impossible for you to look in your own ear and you would need you what you were looking for.
A 19-year-old female asked:

What's the symptom for me to know if my perforated eardrum is healing or getting worse?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Eardrum Perforation: The three best symptoms of a healed eardrum perforation are water tolerance in the shower, no whistle when you blow your nose, and hearing levels back to baseline. The best way to know for sure is to have your doctor examine your ears. The ears have no "user modifiable" parts.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Diagnosis: The best way to determine if you have a perforated ear drum is to see an ENT specialist.

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