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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. Ira Katz
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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

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How do you treat a perforated eardrum?

Perforated ear drum: Ear drum perforations are treated socially with tympanoplasty. Have your ear evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a perforated eardrum?

Perforated drum: It isnt usually dangerous. A hole, depending on size and location can affect hearing. It can also allow infection to get into the middle ear, therefore keep ear dry. Perforations from injuries will often heal without surgery. You need to be checked by ent. ...Read more

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How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

Ruptured ear drums: After care for ruptured ear drums includes: tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain, antibiotics if an infection caused the rupture, avoidance of anything in your ear, and follow up with a doctor in 2 weeks to recheck the status of the rupture. All the best! ...Read more

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How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss: Typically, an ear drum perforation causes hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness/pressure. It can also cause discharge from the ear if it is infected. Please see an otolaryngologist and have a hearing test performed, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

Perforated Eardrum : A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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

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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

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

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Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hear with a perforated eardrum ?

Yes: Hearing would generally be diminished significantly with a perforation. It could be determined very quickly at any pcps office or at an urgent care if you have a perforation, by looking in the ear canal with an otoscope. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to fly with a perforated eardrum?

Should be ok: You are probably ok to fly. See an otologist. You need a hearing test. Stay on dry ear precautions. Your perforation is perhaps a sign of eustachian tube dysfunction. Make sure your other ear is not at risk of this as well. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Gorup
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