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Correcting A Flaccid Eardrum
See doctor: Need to have ears examined. Could be wax causing the issue or the sinuses. Get your exam ...Read more
Dull can be normal: A dull ear drum simply means it is not as translucent as a completely normal ear. This can be due to scaring from previous infections, mucoid fluid in the middle ear space or a thickened ear drum. The first step in determining the cause is a good ear exam followed by an audiogram (hearing test). ...Read more
Otitis media: If a physician has told you that your ear drum is bulging, you should have severe pain, pressure and a hearing loss. If none of these symptoms are present, I would doubt the diagnosis. You ask the question in the present tense. I am assuming that a doctor has visualized you ear drum. If the drum is truly bulging, it may be tapped and the pressure released or an antibiotic should be given. ...Read more
A dull or absent light reflex from the eardrum may be a sign of a middle ear infection or fluid. The eardrum may be red and bulging if there is an infection. Amber liquid or bubbles behind the eardrum are often seen if fluid collects in the middle ear.
So basically, the appearance of the eardrum must correlate with other signs and symptoms. See ENT doc for best advice. ...Read more
Dull: An ear drum shines a reflection that we call a cone of light when it is healthy and has no fluid or pus or blood behind it. If an ear drum is dull, the cone of light is, likely, diminished or not noted and there could be an infection, pressure changes, or some fluid behind the ear drum. ...Read more
It may it may: Debrox should only be used if you have impacted wax. It should not be used as a preventive medicine. If you using this medication daily, the ear canal skin, and outer layer of the ear drum can become inflamed. Wax is beneficial and should not be routinely removed unless it obstructs your hearing or if you feel pressure and fullness in the ear canal. Wax should be managed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more
TREAT THE CAUSE:
If it is sponntaneous rupture dut to an infection, you need antibiotics and pain meds and there is healing on its own
but if it is traumatic due to puncture with a sharp object than wait for two months and if it does not heal than surgery called tymanoplasty can be done to close the hole. ...Read more
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
Not likely: Although it might effect how you hear yourself it should have no effect on your voice or vocal tract. ...Read more
Several: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Hearing aid: It is very unusual that a tympanic membrane cannot be repaired. If it absolutely cannot be fixed, a hearing aid may be of benefit. ...Read more
Indirectly: Allergy symptoms can include nasal congestion and inflammation of the posterior nasopharynx where the eustachian tube drains from the middle ear. With enough congestion, eustachian tube dysfunction can feel like ear popping or plugging that is uncomfortable. An ENT or allergist can assist in unraveling the ear discomfort. ...Read more
How do you know it is your eardrum? Do you mean at the end of the ear canal where it opens from the inside?
This can occur with trauma? Did you put something in such as a pencil or q tip? Cotton swab?
The other things that come to mind is an external canal ear infection or more likely a ruptured ear drum from infection of the middle ear. See your doc for an exam ...Read more
Otosclerosis: Otosclerosis is a problem with the third ear bone called the stapes. It does not involve the ear drum ever. ...Read more
Doctor can check: A doctor can look to check the eardrums. Also, an instrument called a tympanometer can tell when there is no fluid nor pressure behind an eardrum. If there are no symptoms, a person would have a hard time telling whether or not she has fluid behind her eardrums without the help of a doctor. ...Read more
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