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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long to recover hearing after a ruptured eardrum?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Depends: If the perforation is small, the hearing should return rather quickly. However, if the perforation is associated with middle ear infection and fluid in the middle ear, the hearing may not return until the entire infection has resolved. The time for hearing to return, therefore, depends on the nature and extent of the middle ear pathology. An ear doctor may be of help.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long should it take to regain hearing after having a ruptured eardrum?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
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. If other damage occurred to your ear besides the eardrum then obviously closing the hole won't make all the difference. Hopefully you have seen an ENT doctor and have had an evaluation.
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
90% of perforated ear drums heal in 90 days.
Feb 23, 2014
Last updated Mar 5, 2018


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