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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
I have tympanoplasty and mastoidectomy for CSOM and large perforation in my eardrum right ear. I am 16 years.my eardrum healed.but i could not hear ?
Middle ear bones: Most probable the bones of the middle ear, responsible for one link of the hearing link are damaged or absence due to the pathology that required surgery. Consult with the E.N.T. Dr. that operated on you. Certainly you need further studies such as audiogram, X-Ray, etc. before your hearing could be restored (Inner ear-coclear implant)? ...Read more
Hole in ear drum: I have burst my right ear drum about 5 or 6 times while flying in a plane at 25-30000 feet. Not fun! That said, the only treatment for my burst drum is using hearing aids. It has made a major positive difference to my life. Check with your doctor to see if you really need tymanoplasty. ...Read more
Is there a more effective surgery than a tympanoplasty in repairing a hole in a child's ear drum? Had surgery a year later patch came off
Ear surgery: may need to ask your ENT what other options you have at this point. ...Read more
Tympanoplasty 6 days ago, used trimmer today to shave. Could vibrations from trimmer affect my ear drum and graft? Note this my 3rd surgery over 8yr
Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that the vibrations from an electric shaver. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more
I had an eardrum perforation repair 25 years ago. Recently I saw it again. Why is the repair site white and the rest of the ear drum black?
This may be: related to scar tissue on the tympanic membrane. ...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
Can one have equilibrium issues(balance, lightheaded)from a perforated eardrum?Ear feels constantly blocked. Not candidate for surgery to repair it.
Yes: more importantly, one has increased risk for severe inner ear infection affecting the balance apparatus within the ear. Fluid build up within an ear (infectious or not) can cause some disequilibrium, but this pressure would be released if the drum is open; thus infection may be more likely. Continue to keep your physician informed of any symptoms. ...Read more
Eardrum hole that is nearly 1/3 of the entire eardrum touching ear canal wall. Min hearing loss/no pain. Will it repair itself or surgery?
Ear drum hole: Most perforations will heal in around 6 weeks. If not then surgery is your only option to fix it. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Inflammation of the ear drum (myringitis) is a diagnosis that requires visualization and some experience, to make . Since there are many causes of myringitis the answer is not simple. However most of the time inflammation is the result of a virus or bacteria, and will resolve without treatment. Sometimes an antibiotic will speed things up. Benzocaine ear drops may help with the pain. ...Read more
Infections/trauma: Eardrum damage/perforation is typically due to chronic ear infections or trauma which can lead to hearing loss as well as other symptoms. Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks. It can take months or it can not heal at all and require a surgery to repair. Most heal on their own. The most important thing is to have a specialist follow you closely to see how it is healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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