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Dr. Gregory Bussell
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Is it possible to treat a scarred eardrum? I apparently have conductive loss. What else could be causing conductive loss, and how can it be treated?

Is it possible to treat a scarred eardrum? I apparently have conductive loss. What else could be causing conductive loss, and how can it be treated?

See an ENT: Scarring of the eardrum (myringosclerosis) is common in people who have had ear infections or surgery and rarely causes hearing loss by itself. Conductive hearing loss occurs for many reasons, most of which can be fixed. You should consult with an ENT specialist to get a better idea of what can be done to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Rothstein
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Can the noise of the shattering plate damage my eardrums?

Can the noise of the shattering plate damage my eardrums?

Unlikely: But noise trauma can damage the inner ear. If you think there has been any change in your hearing see an ENT to get a hearing test ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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In what ways can the eardrums be damaged?

In what ways can the eardrums be damaged?

Variety of causes: An ear drum can be damaged by infection, either viral or bacterial, blowing your nose too hard with nostrils pinched, use of a q-tip too far into the ear canal. Perhaps the most common cause of alterations of the ear drum is middle ear infection or more rarely severe infection of the skin of the ear canal, so called external otitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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How could the eardrums be damaged?

How could the eardrums be damaged?

Multiple causes: The tympanic membrane (ear drum) can be damage by infection, trauma (q-tips), blowing your nose too hard. These three causes would be the leading causes of damage to the ear drum. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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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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Dr. Mark Sacher
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What should I do if I have fluid behind eardrums?

What should I do if I have fluid behind eardrums?

See ENT surgeon: An ENT surgeon can pace a myringotomy tube in the eardrum to drain out the fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
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How much time does a raptured eardrum take to heal ?

How much time does a raptured eardrum take to heal ?

Variable: A ruptured eardrum usually heals with a few weeks without treatment. Sometimes, however, a ruptured eardrum requires a procedure or surgical repair to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Will wearing earbuds all the time actually do any damage to the eardrum?

Will wearing earbuds all the time actually do any damage to the eardrum?

Probably not: Earbuds probably won't affect your eardrum. However, prolonged noise exposure will lead to hearing loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Rosenthal
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How many chances of getting well if 25% of an eardrum is raptured?

How many chances of getting well if 25% of an eardrum is raptured?

90%: 90% of ear drum perforations heal in 90 days. If it hasn't healed by then, chances are it is not going to close on it's own. Perforations of the ear drum that involve the outer ring of the ear drum are less likely to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Kim
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Hoping you can tell me, is retracted eardrum a cause for concern?

Hoping you can tell me, is retracted eardrum a cause for concern?

By itself? No: If the retracted eardrum is associated with smelly drainage, then you can be developing a cholesteatoma. ...Read more

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Dr. John Mancoll
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Cicatrix (Definition)

Cicatrix is also known as Scars. A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more


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Eardrum Scar (Definition)

Eardrum scarring most commonly occurs as a complication, or following the placement of tubes in the ears to drain chronic middle ear fluid ...Read more


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