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Yoga To Avoid Repair Of Eardrum Hole
TREAT THE CAUSE:
If it is sponntaneous rupture dut to an infection, you need antibiotics and pain meds and there is healing on its own
but if it is traumatic due to puncture with a sharp object than wait for two months and if it does not heal than surgery called tymanoplasty can be done to close the hole. ...Read more
Hearing aid: It is very unusual that a tympanic membrane cannot be repaired. If it absolutely cannot be fixed, a hearing aid may be of benefit. ...Read more
I had an eardrum perforation repair 25 years ago. Recently I saw it again. Why is the repair site white and the rest of the ear drum black?
This may be: Related to scar tissue on the tympanic membrane. ...Read more
I ruptured an eardrum yesterday on a flight. Doc says I had a major infection & is now treating w/antibiotics. Should I avoid flying? For how long?
Yes.: Avoid any significant or rapid changes in barometric pressure other than those caused by the weather until infection has cleared and you have a follow up exam to ensure that. ...Read more
Can one have equilibrium issues (balance, lightheaded)from a perforated eardrum? Ear feels constantly blocked. Not candidate for surgery to repair it.
Yes: More importantly, one has increased risk for severe inner ear infection affecting the balance apparatus within the ear. Fluid build up within an ear (infectious or not) can cause some disequilibrium, but this pressure would be released if the drum is open; thus infection may be more likely. Continue to keep your physician informed of any symptoms. ...Read more
Eardrum hole that is nearly 1/3 of the entire eardrum touching ear canal wall. Min hearing loss/no pain. Will it repair itself or surgery?
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
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
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
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
Buzzy Bee: Get that buzzing bee that's stuck in your ear removed! Bees are claustrophobic and get mean when confined! Barring that, you may have'tinnitus'which, if not caused by a bee or something else easily found is very difficult to eradicate. If it gets worse, or you also get dizzy or have a headache or nausea, go straight for the doctor! If it just stays the same you may need a white noise generator at night ...Read more
Dull can be normal: A dull ear drum simply means it is not as translucent as a completely normal ear. This can be due to scaring from previous infections, mucoid fluid in the middle ear space or a thickened ear drum. The first step in determining the cause is a good ear exam followed by an audiogram (hearing test). ...Read more
Otitis media: If a physician has told you that your ear drum is bulging, you should have severe pain, pressure and a hearing loss. If none of these symptoms are present, I would doubt the diagnosis. You ask the question in the present tense. I am assuming that a doctor has visualized you ear drum. If the drum is truly bulging, it may be tapped and the pressure released or an antibiotic should be given. ...Read more
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
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
It may it may: Debrox should only be used if you have impacted wax. It should not be used as a preventive medicine. If you using this medication daily, the ear canal skin, and outer layer of the ear drum can become inflamed. Wax is beneficial and should not be routinely removed unless it obstructs your hearing or if you feel pressure and fullness in the ear canal. Wax should be managed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Look at eardrum: The best way to know is to have your doctor or an ENT specialist look in your ears. Very often when eardrum ruptures it is painful and the ear can bleed. If rupture is due to infection, cream-yellow discharge may follow. You may or may not notice a change in your hearing. If you do have a hole in your eardrum, your doc/ ENT will give you care and follow-up instructions. ...Read more