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Does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

Does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Perforated Eardrum (Definition)

Perforated eardrum is a tear in the ear drum. This can occur due to trauma, pressure trauma (a blast of air or water into the ear canal), or from an ear infection. Patients with a perforated eardrum may have reduced hearing and pain ...Read more


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Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum.Waiting to see ent. How long to heal?Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs?

Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum.Waiting to see ent. How long to heal?Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs?

Weeks to Months: The perforation may heal in a few weeks, or may take up to a few months.Some perforations require intervention. This may take the form of a paper patch to promote healing (a simple procedure by an ear, nose and throat specialist), or surgery. However, in some cases, the perforation can last several years and will be unable to heal naturally. ...Read more

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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropriate therapy for the infection, including topical drops like ciprodex, then you can safely swim in clean water (no rivers or lakes). It is essential, however, that you follow up closely with doctor to make sure the ear and perforation has healed. ...Read more

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My son has been given eardrops with perforated eardrum. How do eardrops heal the perforation?

My son has been given eardrops with perforated eardrum. How do eardrops heal the perforation?

Drops help: Kids will generally perforate the ear drum with some forms of middle ear infection or occasionally trauma. The drops can get thru the hole directly into the middle ear & kill off germs like a weed spray, bypassing the need to take oral meds.The ear drum itself will gradually heal the hole as long as there are no germs & pressure interfering with the process. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a perforated eardrum to heal, assuming the hole is roughly 1/4 of an inch in diameter?

How long does it take for a perforated eardrum to heal, assuming the hole is roughly 1/4 of an inch in diameter?

Ear: Great question. May take up to three months. Keep it dry when showering, dont try to pop it and no heavy lifting ...Read more

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Would you recommend someone with a perforated eardrum to see a doctor or is this something that will heal on its own?

Best to see a doctor: Eardrums can perforate as a result of a middle ear infection that causes perforation from inside the ear drum or trauma from outside (being slapped over the ear). Some perforations can heal spontaneously over a few weeks but many do not heal. In any event, it is wise to see a doctor who can advise you based upon the specific circumstances of your perforation, such as the size of the perforation. ...Read more