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How painful is a burst eardrum?

How painful is a burst eardrum?

Not painful: A perforated ear drum usually is not associated with pain unless you have a middle ear infection. Also there are sensory nerves innervating the middle ear mucosa and depending on the size of the perforation, air from the outside may irritate these nerves and cause pain. If the perforation is more than 4-5 mm. Surgery can help. But when you say burst, it could be a tear and may heal on its own. ...Read more

Dr. Brett Scotch
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Burst Eardrum (Definition)

A ruptured or perforated eardrum is an opening in ...Read more


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How much does a burst eardrum hurt?

How much does a burst eardrum hurt?

Unless it is acute: When an acute event happens, like a slap on the face or a bomb blast (or barotrauma) the ear may hurt. If it a chronic occurrence like ear discharge ( suppurative otitis media- chronic) you may not feel the pain at all. ...Read more

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How badly does a burst eardrum hurt?

How badly does a burst eardrum hurt?

It hurts: It hurts suddenly and can be quite intense, however it soon becomes a more dull type pain over the next 24 hours.There may be a little blood also. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a burst eardrum?

Several: Initially pain, sometimes bleeding, fullness, pressure, and hearing loss. The size of the perforation and the extent of middle ear pathology need to be taken into account when considering what symptoms will occur. ...Read more

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How long can it take to heal a burst eardrum?

6 weeks: 95% of traumatic perforations will heal within six weeks as long as the ear is kept clean and dry. ...Read more

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How does a burst eardrum affect hearing?

How does a burst eardrum affect hearing?

Reduced surface area: The eardrum relays vibrations from sound waves into the inner ear via the hearing bones. A perforated eardrum has less surface area to vibrate and relay to the hearing bones into the inner ear. ...Read more

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Do I have a burst eardrum from a honking horn?

Do I have a burst eardrum from a honking horn?

Probably. Not: But if it loud enough it can cause a burst ear drum. ...Read more

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Hello. Can i swim with earplugs with burst eardrum?

Burst eardrum: Your instructions should have been not to swim as long as the defect is present. You do not want to get any water into the middle ear as the faction risk is high. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a burst eardrum is very painful. But how does does this actually affect hearing?

Ruptured Eardrum: Usually the process leading to rupture is painful. It affects hearing because it affects the sound capturing ability of the eardrum. ...Read more