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What does dull eardrum mean?

What does dull eardrum mean?

Depends: A dull or absent light reflex from the eardrum may be a sign of a middle ear infection or fluid. The eardrum may be red and bulging if there is an infection. Amber liquid or bubbles behind the eardrum are often seen if fluid collects in the middle ear.
So basically, the appearance of the eardrum must correlate with other signs and symptoms. See ENT doc for best advice. ...Read more

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What does a "dull' eardrum mean?

What does a "dull' eardrum mean?

Dull: An ear drum shines a reflection that we call a cone of light when it is healthy and has no fluid or pus or blood behind it. If an ear drum is dull, the cone of light is, likely, diminished or not noted and there could be an infection, pressure changes, or some fluid behind the ear drum. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a black dot on your eardrum?

What does it mean when you have a black dot on your eardrum?

Black dot ear drum: Could be that there was bleeding and even perforation, pervious laser, or cholesteatoma or rare glomus or very old dried wax. Who saw the black dot? Would follow up with ENT. ...Read more

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My left eardrum is pounding very loud, what does this mean?

My left eardrum is pounding very loud, what does this mean?

See a doctor: Pounding noise in the ear can be a condition called pulsatile tinnitus. This usually is not dangerous, but occasionally can be an indication of a more serious ear problem. If this persists you should see an ENT and have an audiogram done. ...Read more

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What does it mean for me when a doctor says I have non-flex able eardrums?

What does it mean for me when a doctor says I have non-flex able eardrums?

Inner ear: This is either from fluid (bulging) or negative pressure (caving in) in the inner (middle) ear. Recurrent middle ear infections can also scar up the eardrum so that it would no longer move. This condition is often associated with hearing loss. If you have any problem with hearing, best to see an ear specialist. ...Read more

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My left eardrum is pounding for an hour loudly. What does this mean, should I be worried?

My left eardrum is pounding for an hour loudly. What does this mean, should I be worried?

It depends: The most important thing to know is whether it is pounding with your heartbeat. If this is the case, I would recommend seeing an ent. Usually this is a benign problem. It also depends whether it is painful. ...Read more

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So I was told my daughter has a dull eardrum what does this mean? Is she losing her hearing?

So I was told my daughter has a dull eardrum what does this mean? Is she losing her hearing?

Dull eardrum: A dull eardrum usually indicates there is a little fluid in the middle ear space. It does not always mean an associated infection. Ear drum usually is like plastic wrap - you can see through it. Dull ear drum looks more like waxed paper. There may be a little transient hearing decrease when fluid present in middle ear, but usually not permanent. Needs ongoing follow-up with doc to make sure better. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors can someone after eardrum patch surgery travel on airplane? Or how many days after operation? Thanks

Hi Doctors can someone after eardrum patch surgery travel on airplane? Or how many days after operation? Thanks

Ear patch: Do not pop ear, patch will be blown off. Minimum of 3-4 weeks. Better to wait three months. ...Read more

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Eardrum is ringing. Does that mean I have a tympanic membrane rupture?

Eardrum is ringing. Does that mean I have a tympanic membrane rupture?

No: It doesn't mean you have a tympanic membrane rupture because your ear is ringing, although it is possible. Ringing in the ear can occur from a variety of reasons. Medication effects and nerve related hearing loss are two of the more common underlying causes of tinnitus (ringing in the ears). ...Read more

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I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

Ear pain: You should have that seen. You caould have ruptured your ear drum and that should be looked at. Do not put qtips in your ear since they can damage either your ear canal or your ear drum. ...Read more

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Can Hydrin peroxide help with an erupted eardrums?

Can Hydrin peroxide help with an erupted eardrums?

Hydrogen peroxide: I will assume you mean perforated eardrum. Will not help and can cause significant pain and possible infection. Might cause canal debris to be displaced into middle ear. Better have ENT have a look. ...Read more

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What is a flat eardrum?

What is a flat eardrum?

Abnormal: A flat eardrum means that it is not moving which usually indicates an abnormal situation in the middle ear, either fluid or significant negative pressure. ...Read more

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How is raptured eardrum cured?

How is raptured eardrum cured?

Ruptured eardrum: A ruptured ear drum usually heals just with time. Until it does heal it is important to not get water into the ear canal, as with bathing or swimming. Sometimes the ear drum does not heal. An otorhinolaryngologist may then be able to repair it if it is felt necessary. ...Read more

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How to heal an inflamed eardrum?

How to heal an inflamed eardrum?

Depends on the cause: Inflammation of the ear drum (myringitis) is a diagnosis that requires visualization and some experience, to make. Since there are many causes of myringitis the answer is not simple. However most of the time inflammation is the result of a virus or bacteria, and will resolve without treatment. Sometimes an antibiotic will speed things up. Benzocaine ear drops may help with the pain. ...Read more

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Reconstuctive eardrum is it successful?

Depends on cause: It can be successful - the success rate depends on the individual circumstance. ...Read more

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How does eardrops affect raptured eardrum?

How does eardrops affect raptured eardrum?

Won't: If it is an old, matured ear drum rupture, drops will have no effect. If it is acute, and due to trauma or infection, the drops can help treat an infection, or if trauma keep the blood from forming a hard scab. Should be seen and treated by an ENT doctore. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of perforated eardrums?

What are the symptoms of perforated eardrums?

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 could cause eardrum damage? How to fix it?

What could cause eardrum damage? How to fix it?

Infections/trauma: Eardrum damage/perforation is typically due to chronic ear infections or trauma which can lead to hearing loss as well as other symptoms. Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks. 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 is to have a specialist follow you closely to see how it is healing. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about fluid behind the eardrum?

Fluid in ears: Typically, it is not a big problem. Many groups feel that we should only treat it with decongestants. If it becomes very painful or your hearing is seriously affected, I would see your doctor or ent. ...Read more

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How much time does a raptured eardrum take to heal?

Variable: A ruptured eardrum usually heals with a few weeks without treatment. Sometimes, however, a ruptured eardrum requires a procedure or surgical repair to heal. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible I can burst my eardrums?

Please explain if it is possible I can burst my eardrums?

Yes: Rupture of the ear drums can occur from infection, foreign body, q-tip use and rarely blowing your nose too hard with the nostril closed. But you can not know this unless you have hearing loss, and perhaps bleeding from the ear. You need a diagnosis. See your physician or better yet and ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Is hearing supposed to be muffled? And eardrums inflexible?

Is hearing supposed to be muffled? And eardrums inflexible?

See doctor: Need to have ears examined. Could be wax causing the issue or the sinuses. Get your exam ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove fluid trapped behind eardrum? How?

Is it possible to remove fluid trapped behind eardrum? How?

Fluid: Fluid can be pushed out by popping the ears (valsalva manuever). If you can get the ear to pop then you are forcing air up the eustachian tube into the middle and simutaneously forcing fuid out the tube. Afrin (oxymetazoline) and sudafed help open the tubes. Also, sugery to puncture drum will allow fluid to come out. Often a pressure equalizing tube is put in to keep the drainage port o[pen for several months. ...Read more

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Feel like something is trapped behind eardrum will it go away?

Feel like something is trapped behind eardrum will it go away?

Foreign body: It would be hard for you to know if it's "behind" the ear drum.
If you feel something in your ear canal, see an ENT doc for assessment. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is retracted eardrum a cause for concern?

Hoping you can tell me, is retracted eardrum a cause for concern?

By itself? No: If the retracted eardrum is associated with smelly drainage, then you can be developing a cholesteatoma. ...Read more

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Could mild eardrum damage fixed by itself? What are the symptoms?

Eardrum damage: Yes. Eardrum damage causes severe pain with or without bleeding. It can get infected as well if not diagnosed by a doctor. Small perforations tend to heal well. ...Read more

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How many chances of getting well if 25% of an eardrum is raptured?

How many chances of getting well if 25% of an eardrum is raptured?

90%: 90% of ear drum perforations heal in 90 days. If it hasn't healed by then, chances are it is not going to close on it's own. Perforations of the ear drum that involve the outer ring of the ear drum are less likely to heal. ...Read more

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Any quick DIY methods for getting water out of behind the eardrums?

Any quick DIY methods for getting water out of behind the eardrums?

Inner ear problem: The sense Of fluid within your ears may not be curative easily with over-the-counter remedies. Exam will be needed right away. Sometimes "eustachian tube dysfunction" can lead to these hearing problems. ...Read more

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My eardrum vibrates an its kind of starting to hurt. What can I do?

My eardrum vibrates an its kind of starting to hurt. What can I do?

Eustachian tube dysf: Pop your ears by holding your nose and blowing hard to "pop" the ears open. Keep your lips closed and it should work. Try Flonase as well over the counter. It will reduce the inflammation in the. Ask of the throat as well and this may help. ...Read more