A perforated eardrum is a tear or hole in your eardrum which can cause ear infections and sudden hearing loss. The wafer-thin tympanic membrane (the eardrum) separates the middle ear from the outer ear. Its function is to vibrate when struck by sound waves, which become nerve impulses sent to the brain.
When the eardrum is damaged, hearing may be affected. The eardrum acts as a barrier that prevents external materials / elements, such as bacteria and germs, from entering the middle ear. When the eardrum is pierced or inflamed, the bacteria spreads easily into the middle ear and can cause an infection.
You may have a perforated eardrum if you are experiencing:
Often perforated eardrums can be caused by:
If you believe you have a perforated eardrum it is best to avoid touching the inner ear, see your GP for treatment and make sure you keep your ear dry.
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