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What happens if you hold your nose in and sneeze can you burst your eardrum?

What happens if you hold your nose in and sneeze can you burst your eardrum?

Ear: Unlikely but depends how forcefully you sneeze. Try not to hold your nose when you sneeze. Can sometimes make you dizzy as well ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I hold my nose in and sneeze can I burst my eardrum?

Can you tell me if I hold my nose in and sneeze can I burst my eardrum?

Not Sure: Keeping the lips closed to prevent sneezing can propel the force against the middle ear which can lead to pain & ringing of the ears. Rarely, sneezing can lead to a fracture. ...Read more

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Could my eardrums be burst through the use of head/earphones?

Could my eardrums be burst through the use of head/earphones?

Eardrums: Very unlikely. We have seen rising numbers of headphone users with early hearing loss secondary to playing too loud. Also concert goers too close to speakers. Get free app Decibel Meter on your phone. Above 85dB is potentially injurious. ...Read more

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Could your eardrums be burst through the use of head/earphones?

Could your eardrums be burst through the use of head/earphones?

Unlikely: You would need significant sound energy or insertion to the point of rupturing them. Either case is unlikely. That said, if you think that you have an eardrum problem, go see an ENT. ...Read more

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Eaustachian tube dysfunction: Can you damage your eardrum while blowing when your nose is pinched?

Eaustachian tube dysfunction: Can you damage your eardrum while blowing when your nose is pinched?

Autoinsufflation: Autoinsufflation of the middle ear through the eustachian tube is normal and often helpful. For example, this must be done ever few feet on descent during SCUBA diving. However one must not blow or push too hard as to damage the middle ear or tympanic membrane. Gentle is the key. ...Read more

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Will blowing my nose worsen my perforated eardrum?

Will blowing my nose worsen my perforated eardrum?

Unlikely to: If you blow your nose with a perforated eardrum you may feel a whoosh of air from the ear with the problem but that isn't really dangerous. If it feels weird to blow your nose, you can use nasal saline rinses (from an aerosol can, a neti pot or a bottle) to irrigate out troublesome mucous. Active allergies can slow down healing of the eardrum and you may want to get treatment for them. ...Read more

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Can a broken eardrum will regenerate in time? Mine is broken 9yrs ago and still I can feel air passing through it when I blow closing my mouth & nose.

Can a broken eardrum will regenerate in time? Mine is broken 9yrs ago and still I can feel air passing through it when I blow closing my mouth & nose.

Not always: As you can demonstrate, sometimes a slit / fissure will heal, but if significant structural damage/loss, then cannot on own. See an ENT dr for exam and options on reconstruction. ...Read more

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I have been advised by my consultant and hold and blow my nose 10 to 15 times per day to stop my eardrum collapse but I am hearing trumpet sounds.

I have been advised by my consultant and hold and blow my nose 10 to 15 times per day to stop my eardrum collapse but I am hearing trumpet sounds.

Ear: It would be okay to do that gently a couple of times a day and to chew gum. A steroid nasal spray helps as well but make sure you've had an ENT look at your ear and eardrum and have had a hearing test to confirm the diagnoses. If you've had these, then the spray may help. Sometimes its treated with surgery by placing a tube into the middle ear through the eardrum ...Read more

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While blowing my nose ear popped really loud/plus it hurt. I then got a headache that has last the whole day. Did I injured my eardrum?

While blowing my nose ear popped really loud/plus it hurt. I then got a headache that has last the whole day. Did I injured my eardrum?

Probably injured it: To some degree. But even perforated membrane can usually heal. However, you should not blow your nose this hard. If you have runny nose or nasal congestion, you should try Sudafed, anti histamines, or nasal spray. ...Read more

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I am quite sure that I have ruptured my eardrum after dealing with a sinus infection and constant (but gentle) nose-blowing. What can I do at home?

I am quite sure that I have ruptured my eardrum after dealing with a sinus infection and constant (but gentle) nose-blowing. What can I do at home?

Rupture: Typically, no specific treatment is needed for a ruptured eardrum; the vast majority of ruptured eardrums heal within three months. That being said, you should see your regular doctor to verify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to make incision on retracted eardrum for t-tubes? Howfix retracted ear drum? Hold nose and blow to relieve pressure?

How difficult is it to make incision on retracted eardrum for t-tubes? Howfix retracted ear drum? Hold nose and blow to relieve pressure?

Retracted TM: Hello, a retracted eardrum can be a challange to treat both medically and surgically. Steroids, nasal sprays, air insufflation may all help to equalize the pressure across the tympanic membrane but in patients who fail this therapy may require tube placement. A t-tube will stay in the tm longer than most other tubes and fix the problem. The incision in the right hands shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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A month ago I had a perforated eardrum. Recently a doctor told me that there's no more hole. But when I blow my nose, that ear feels weird. Why?

A month ago I had a perforated eardrum. Recently a doctor told me that there's no more hole. But when I blow my nose, that ear feels weird. Why?

Pressue: When you blow your nose, pressure from your oropharyngeal cavity can pass into your ear via the eustachian tube. I suggest blowing your nose with both nostrils open. This greatly reduces the discomfort and also reduces the chance of forcing germs into your middle ear where they can cause infection. ...Read more

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I have a cold and I blew my nose hard and heard a pop, do you think I ruptured my eardrum?

I have a cold and I blew my nose hard and heard a pop, do you think I ruptured my eardrum?

Probably not: If after the pop your hearing was significantly reduced or you saw blood then possibly you did rupture it. If not then most likely you are fine. If you have any question you should see an ear nose and throat doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Blew nose too hard 2 nights ago. Ear pain and stuffy feeling in one ear that night and yesterday. Burning pain in that ear today. Ruptured eardrum?

Blew nose too hard 2 nights ago. Ear pain and stuffy feeling in one ear that night and yesterday. Burning pain in that ear today. Ruptured eardrum?

Byrning ear pain: Rather than a ruptured ear drum, the pain may be caused by blowing mucus in your ear. However, a physical exm by an ear specialist is in order to rule out a ruptured ear drum. ...Read more

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I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when I clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when I clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

Ear drainage: Drainage like that usually indicates an ear infection, especially if you have s history of a hole in the drum. You probably need antibiotic drops and maybe pills. Go see your pcp or ent. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible I can burst my eardrums?

Please explain if it is possible I can burst my eardrums?

Yes: Rupture of the ear drums can occur from infection, foreign body, q-tip use and rarely blowing your nose too hard with the nostril closed. But you can not know this unless you have hearing loss, and perhaps bleeding from the ear. You need a diagnosis. See your physician or better yet and ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have burst your eardrum?

How can you tell if you have burst your eardrum?

Look at eardrum: The best way to know is to have your doctor or an ENT specialist look in your ears. Very often when eardrum ruptures it is painful and the ear can bleed. If rupture is due to infection, cream-yellow discharge may follow. You may or may not notice a change in your hearing. If you do have a hole in your eardrum, your doc/ ENT will give you care and follow-up instructions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a burst eardrum?

What are the symptoms of a burst eardrum?

Several: Initially pain, sometimes bleeding, fullness, pressure, and hearing loss. The size of the perforation and the extent of middle ear pathology need to be taken into account when considering what symptoms will occur. ...Read more