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Time Off Work After A Ruptured Eardrum
I was diagnosed with an ear infection/ruptured eardrum three days ago, but I have to work around loud music tomorrow. Will it affect it?
Shouldn't B pbm: What's done is done. You might consider some noise cancelling plugs for comfort. It will not interfere with healing if you work around loud noise. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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 don't hold still in the clinic to do anything minor. ...Read more
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
A ruptured ear drum per se does not cause ringing. You need to consult an ENT specialist for a proper evaluation, rather than self diagnosis.
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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
Eardrum nose bleed: It is not normal to bleed from your nose. What caused the ruptured eardrum? Some one beat you up? Then blood nose may be "norma". ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Infection: Most likely the ear drum perforated, water with bacteria entered into the middle ear, and now there is an infection. Recommend antibiotic drops such as Floxin (ofloxacin) or ciprodex, keep the ear dry and don't blow nose. Most perforations close but would see ENT if there is still drainage or hearing loss after a month. ...Read more
Occasionally: After your ear drum ruptures, the pain is usually resolved. With infection still present it could hurt. The ear drum could have also rehealed and pressure built back up, even after 2 days. Need to see an ent. ...Read more
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