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Dr. James Krick
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Ruptured Eardrum (Overview)

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


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What are signs of a ruptured eardrum?

What are signs of a ruptured eardrum?

Drainage, pain, HL: Ruptured eardrums typically present with drainage and pain due to the perforation. Hearing loss due to the opening in the ear drum can also be a part of it. If you suspect this, a specialist should evaluate the ear when possible. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
67 doctors shared insights

Ruptured Eardrum (Overview)

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


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What are symptoms of a ruptured eardrum?

What are symptoms of a ruptured eardrum?

Hearing loss: The main symptom of a ruptured ear drum is hearing loss. Sometimes, if the ear is infected, you can also get discharge or drainage. Sometimes you can have noise in the ear (tinnitus). ...Read more

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Ruptured eardrum (Tip)

Smoke increase risk, vaccines prevent infection.One happy baby ...See more

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Can a bug get through a ruptured eardrum?

Can a bug get through a ruptured eardrum?

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 more

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What are the signs of a ruptured eardrum?

What are the signs of a ruptured eardrum?

Pain, bleeding: A ruptured eardrum hurts as it is rupturing, then bleeding or drainage from the ear is noted. You will also notice a blocked or clogged sensation due to the decrease in hearing the perforation causes. If this happens see an ear specialist! ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a ruptured eardrum?

What are some symptoms of a ruptured eardrum?

Pain and drainage: Pain, drainage, and hearing loss are all associated with a ruptured ear drum. You should visit an ENT (ear nose & throat) physician for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my ruptured eardrum to itch?

Is it normal for my ruptured eardrum to itch?

Keep the ear dry: An itchy ear can be a sign of an infection or a recent injury. Best way to tell is have the ear examined. To prevent infections keep it dry by placing a waterproof ear plug or place cotton in the ear and seal the outside with vaseline. Long term a tympanoplasty which closes the hole may reduce the issues and improve healing. ...Read more

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How long would a ruptured eardrum take to heal?

How long would a ruptured eardrum take to heal?

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 I make a ruptured eardrum to heal faster?

Some advice: Keep it dry. Avoid forceful nose blowing. If infected, need antibiotics. Have you seen an ENT? Should do so. ...Read more

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Would a ruptured eardrum require medical attention?

Depends: If its small it will usually heal on its own. If its moderate sometimes we can help patch it in the office so that it heals on its own. If it is large or just not healing, this can require surgery to fix it. We usually wait a period of 3 months or so before jumping into surgically repairing it. For kids, we might need to take to the or bc they dont hold still in the clinic to do anything minor. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a ruptured eardrum to heal?

Varies: Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks after it has been identified. However it can take months or it can not heal at all and require a surgery to repair. Most heal on their own. The most important thing to do is to have a specialist follow you closely to see how it is healing. ...Read more

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I've heard that you don't really have to be doing anything particularly dangerous at all to get a ruptured eardrum. Is this true?

Perforated eardrum: I don't know what you mean. Most eardrum rupture's occur due to common factors such as trauma to the ear, a bad ear infection, allergies, or chronic eustachian tube problems. Any questions or concerns should be seen by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Can i wear earphone with ruptured eardrum?

It depends...: If the eardrum perforation is dry, that is not draining, the answer is yes. If there is drainage, it is best not to occlude the ear canal (except maybe a cotton ball to absorb the drainage). ...Read more

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I have a ruptured eardrum. Any natural cures?

Will heal by itself: If the ruptured ear drum is spontaneous it will heal and seal by itself and no treatment is needed and it heals naturally.Iit can also be caused by puncure of the ear drum by a sharp object.You can use a heating pad , place a cooton ball in the ear when showering. ...Read more

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What can be done about ruptured eardrum leakage?

What can be done about ruptured eardrum leakage?

Ear drainage: Hoe do you know your ear drum is ruptured? did a doctor see it? did it rupture spontaneously or traumatically? if it is draining that means there is middle ear infection. Keep the ear dry. Do not insert anything into your ear. See your doctor to start you on antibiotic ear drops until the infection is resolved. Then your ENT can discuss your options with you about repair of Rear drum perforation. ...Read more

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Can i go on a plane if I have a ruptured eardrum?

Yes: Go ahead and travel and see your ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How long to recover hearing after a ruptured eardrum?

Depends: If the perforation is small, the hearing should return rather quickly. However, if the perforation is associated with middle ear infection and fluid in the middle ear, the hearing may not return until the entire infection has resolved. The time for hearing to return, therefore, depends on the nature and extent of the middle ear pathology. An ear doctor may be of help. ...Read more

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How many db safe to wear earphones with ruptured eardrum?

Irrelevant : Wearing earphone with loud noise may be damaging to your normal eardrum. If your eardrum is already ruptured, high db may interfere with the eardrum healing. See a ENT specialist for specific advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to regain hearing after having a ruptured eardrum?

Ear drum rupture: Yes, assuming nothing else was damaged and the war drum healed. You should see an ear, nose, and throat physician. ...Read more

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How long should it take to regain hearing after having a ruptured eardrum?

4 to 6 weeks: If the only reason you lost hearing is because of the hole in your eardrum, it will take 4 to 6 weeks in most cases for the hole to close on its own. If other damage occurred to your ear besides the eardrum then obviously closing the hole won't make all the difference. Hopefully you have seen an ENT doctor and have had an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with a ruptured eardrum?

Probably yes: A blocked eustachian tube is the most common cause of discomfort in the ear when flying. A ruptured ear drum is like having a tube in the ear drum and there is automatic equalization of pressure for the middle ear. Therefore, i believe it is safe for you to fly. ...Read more

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Will hydrogen peroxide hurt a ruptured eardrum?

It may....: The bubbling of hydrogen peroxide is oxygen gas ( 02), what remains is water (h20)....Water in the middle ear can cause an ear infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear earphones with a ruptured eardrum?

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 more

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Dr. Brett Scotch
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Burst Eardrum (Definition)

= ruptured tympanic membrane. ...Read more