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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Perforated Eardrum (Overview)

Perforated eardrum is a tear in the ear drum. This can occur due to trauma, pressure trauma (a blast of air or water into the ear canal), or from an ear infection. Patients with a perforated eardrum may have reduced hearing and pain in the affected ear.


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Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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 more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
76 doctors shared insights

Perforated Eardrum (Overview)

Perforated eardrum is a tear in the ear drum. This can occur due to trauma, pressure trauma (a blast of air or water into the ear canal), or from an ear infection. Patients with a perforated eardrum may have reduced hearing and pain in the affected ear.


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What's the symptom for me to know if my perforated eardrum is healing or getting worse?

What's the symptom for me to know if my perforated eardrum is healing or getting worse?

Eardrum Perforation: The three best symptoms of a healed eardrum perforation are water tolerance in the shower, no whistle when you blow your nose, and hearing levels back to baseline. The best way to know for sure is to have your doctor examine your ears. The ears have no "user modifiable" parts. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time there may be hearing loss but a small perforation may have little in the way of symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss: Typically, an ear drum perforation causes hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness/pressure. It can also cause discharge from the ear if it is infected. Please see an otolaryngologist and have a hearing test performed, . ...Read more

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Will rubbing alcohol in perforated eardrum cause damage?

Will rubbing alcohol in perforated eardrum cause damage?

Don't Do it !: The tympanic membrane (eardrum) is not intact so - the alcohol can flow right through it. ...Read more

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How to treat my perforated eardrum...It almost two years now...But no problem in hearing. Can I use headphones and answer the calls with the same year?

Perforated eardrum : Many eardrum perforations heal on their own and in cases where they do not there is a surgical procedure to transfer tissue to patch the tympanic membrane. It would be acceptable to use headphones and answer phone calls. I would however be cautious in getting water in the ear or using q-tips as this could allow passage of material past the tympanic membrane into the middle ear. I recommend that you see an ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

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 more

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