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does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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.
Answered on May 6, 2018
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Dr. Michael Nordstrom
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Your ear drum will heal independent of an ear plug, assuming that it will heal on its own. The vast majority of tympanic membrane perforations heal spontaneously assuming it is not due to a slag burn from welding. That injury sears the drum and usually won't heal on its own. Surgery is frequently needed. If in doubt see your doctor.
Answered on May 15, 2018
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Very unlikely: that's a very low negative pressure, shouldn't be the cause for such a significant trauma
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Perforation: Yes. Do not get your ear wet. No need for ear plugs

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