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How can you tell if you have burst your eardrum?
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes hard to
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 think you have a perforation, have your ear checked by your primary care or ent.

In brief: Sometimes hard to
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 think you have a perforation, have your ear checked by your primary care or ent.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Trauma or infection?
Pain is pretty typical.
Blood or blood tinged discharge may be seen with traumatic or infection induced perforation. Hearing loss may be noticed if defect from perforation is "large" enough. If you think you have a perforated eardrum, see your doc. You may also need to see ENT for ear cleaning, hearing test +/- eardrum repair if perforation does not heal.

In brief: Trauma or infection?
Pain is pretty typical.
Blood or blood tinged discharge may be seen with traumatic or infection induced perforation. Hearing loss may be noticed if defect from perforation is "large" enough. If you think you have a perforated eardrum, see your doc. You may also need to see ENT for ear cleaning, hearing test +/- eardrum repair if perforation does not heal.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: 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. L.

In brief: 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. L.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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