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Flying With A Ruptured Eardrum
Yes: As a matter of fact, it will be easier to fly with that ear because one would not have to equalize pressure in it. The caveat is that you are the passenger. You should likely not pilot for fear of equilibrium issues. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can barotrauma from a airplane be mistaken as otitis media with effusion? Do they look similar on a ear exam with a otoscope?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No problem: A wax impaction does not harm a perforation. As an ENT i suggest that all perforations be repaired via a tympanoplasty or myringoplasty at some point. An intact ear drum is safer and less likely to become impacted. Patients who choose not to have a tympanoplasty should have an annual ear exam by their doctor. ...Read more
Keep it dry: Not sure exact nature of your question. If you're asking what to do with a perforated ear that gets water in it, the answer is not much. Typical drying drops are going to cause serious pain. If if is a fresh perforation that is draining some fluid, keep it dry--it's likely to heal on its own. ...Read more
Rare: It's reasonably rare to get a bug in your ear in the first place. *theoretically* a bug could get through a perforation and if it did you'd need to see an ENT as many of the treatments to kill the bugs (numbing medicine, alcohol etc) are not safe in the setting of a hole in the ear drum, making the retrieval more difficult. I would not lie awake thinking about this rare likelihood event. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps.....: If your eardrum was ruptured some time ago there should be no problem with wearing earphones. I would caution you about turning the volume up too high tough. When the eardrum is ruptured it won't transmit sound efficiently. You still can cause nerve damage with the volume up too high. You would also be careful with getting water in the ear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have small leak, right ear - possible csf, but ENT says no perforation in ear drum via otoscope, so not csf. I don't have infection. Can a perforation be so small it can't be seen by otoscope?
I was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum from an ear infection. Should i follow up with my pcp or an ent?
No: The sound arising from a piano can not have any effect on a perforated ear drum. The perforated ear, however, might have an effect on your hearing when playing the piano. The perforation can be repaired. You can not harm your ear with the playing of the piano. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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