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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
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
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
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
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
I have a perforated eardrum about 1/4 inch in diameter. Will I need to have surgery or will it heal on its own? Generally, when is surgery required?
Probably need Surg.: Dr. John House is regarded as a National expert in LA, CA. ...Read more
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
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
Perforated eardrum 30% (not in middle of eardrum)
No pain, little hearing loss.
will it heal? do i keep waiting?
been a month
Eardrum: yes this will heal. You must watch getting too much water in the ear in the meantime. Follow up with ENT to monitor this. ...Read more
Absolutely: The ear with the perforation will be the happiest ear on the plane as it will have instantaneous pressure equalization and no problem whatsoever. Ear problems occur when the pressure outside the ear drum is significantly different than pressure inside the middle ear. With a hole that can't happen. ...Read more
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. ...Read more
Varies: Some will heal spontaneously over time and others (usually older kids) might need an operation to patch it. ENT docs can take tissue from other parts of the head and create a patch that will work, but the work is delicate and best done in experienced hands. ...Read more
Diagnosis: The best way to determine if you have a perforated ear drum is to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Should be fine:
Neti pots (saline irrigations of the nose) are pretty benign (not too much risk of harm).
Go ahead and try it. You could notice some water come out of your ear with the perforation, which is generally ok.
There is possibly a risk of ear infection. (especially if you get infections with swimming). If that happened, you'll have to treat it, and stop the neti pot. ...Read more
Evaluation Needed: It could be sinus related, jaw related, tmd related and a myriad of other pathologies so it may be advantageous to get an evaluation and proper diagnosis. ...Read more
The three best symptoms of a healed eardrum perforation are water tolerance in the shower, no whistle when you blow your nose, and hearing levels back to baseline.
The best way to know for sure is to have your doctor examine your ears. The ears have no "user modifiable" parts. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a perforated eardrum and I have a few questions 1) when will the blood clear up?
Questions: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a perforated eardrum but my Polydexa eardrops hurt a lot. Are they supposed to? And if they don't what is the possible reason why
Not indicated: Polydexa is not indicated with a perforated ear drum. You would need a sterile ear drop. if one at all. Discuss with your Dr. or an ENT dr. Best wishes. ...Read more
See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist(ent) as an outpatient. ...Read more
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