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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Perforated Eardrum (Overview)

A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery.


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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

Dr. Alexander Gorup
85 Doctors shared insights

Perforated Eardrum (Overview)

A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery.


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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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Perforated eardrum (Tip)

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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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What's done for a perforated eardrum?

See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it. ...Read more

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Can one fly with a perforated 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

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How do you treat a perforated eardrum?

Perforated ear drum: Ear drum perforations are treated socially with tympanoplasty. Have your ear evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a perforated eardrum?

Perforated drum: It isn't usually dangerous. A hole, depending on size and location can affect hearing. It can also allow infection to get into the middle ear, therefore keep ear dry. Perforations from injuries will often heal without surgery. You need to be checked by ent. ...Read more

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How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

Ruptured ear drums: After care for ruptured ear drums includes: tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain, antibiotics if an infection caused the rupture, avoidance of anything in your ear, and follow up with a doctor in 2 weeks to recheck the status of the rupture. All the best! ...Read more

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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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What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

Most heal in 3 weeks: Those that do not heal withing 3 weeks should be evaluated by an ent. There is plenty we can do to fix eardrums. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms associated with a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms associated with a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss +: Discharge from the ear. Ear drum perforation is one of the complications of infections in the middle ear. The symptoms of otitis media include pain, fever, loss of hearing in the affected ear and on perforation of the ear drum discharge into the external auditory canal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

Perforated Eardrum: A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of perforated eardrum? Can children get it as well?

A perforated eardrum: Can occur when there is an ear infection with a lot of fluid/pus behind the eardrum. The pressure causes a small hole in the eardrum to develop (the perforation)and the fluid will drain out. The ear may feel better afterward. Trauma can also cause this (one reason why you shouldn't clean your ears or your child's with Q-tips (or other objects).Yes, can occur at any age & should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a perforated eardrum to heal, assuming the hole is roughly 1/4 of an inch in diameter?

Ear: Great question. May take up to three months. Keep it dry when showering, don't try to pop it and no heavy lifting ...Read more

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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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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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Can I go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Ruptured Eardrum (Definition)

A hole or tear in your eardrum, the thin tissue that separates your ear canal ...Read more