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I feel slight pain in my ear/eardrum, after my eardrum broke + inflammation. Is it normal?

I feel slight pain in my ear/eardrum, after my eardrum broke + inflammation. Is it normal?

Yes and No: It is certainly normal to have slight pain with a ruptured ear drum but we need to no the size of the perforation and what caused it. If the rupture followed infection you need to be seen by an ENT doctor to determine the size of the perforation and the hearing loss and to determine if surgery is required. A small tear, less than 2-3 mm. May heal itself. Keep the ear dry. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture. I appear to get water behind my eardrum. Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture.  I appear to get water behind my eardrum.  Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

Ear Irritation: Greetings, has a doctor told you that you have fluid behind your eardrum? It may feel like water is behind but it could be pressure changes you are sensing. Outer ear infection toons are often called swimmers ear because they are linked to water exposure. The only way to know for sure if a hole exists is to see your ENT doctor. Use a hair dryer on low and aim into your ear to dry moisture daily. ...Read more

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Can my eardrums be damaged by loud noises?

Can my eardrums be damaged by loud noises?

Definitely: Loud noises can involve sound energy sufficient enough to damage the eardrum. Not sure why you ask, but if suspected worth a visit to a doctor to have a look. ...Read more

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Reconstuctive eardrum is it successful?

Depends on cause: It can be successful - the success rate depends on the individual circumstance. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of perforated eardrums?

What are the symptoms of perforated eardrums?

Hearing loss +: Discharge from the ear. Ear drum perforation is one of the complications of infections in the middle ear. The symptoms of otitis media include pain, fever, loss of hearing in the affected ear and on perforation of the ear drum discharge into the external auditory canal. ...Read more

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Is hearing supposed to be muffled? And eardrums inflexible?

Is hearing supposed to be muffled? And eardrums inflexible?

See doctor: Need to have ears examined. Could be wax causing the issue or the sinuses. Get your exam ...Read more

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What is a dull eardrum?

What is a dull eardrum?

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

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My left eardrum is bulging?

My left eardrum is bulging?

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

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What does dull eardrum mean?

What does dull eardrum mean?

Depends: 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

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Is eardrum popping bad for you?

Is eardrum popping bad for you?

No: No, the "popping" you hear is the pressure equalization occurring. Just be sure to not force the pop, or you risk rupturing the tympanic membrane. ...Read more