Perforated eardrum

Damaged eardrum causing infections and sudden hearing loss

A perforated eardrum is a hole in eardrum causing infections and sudden hearing loss. It can heal on its own however there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of occurrence.

Symptoms of a burst eardrum

You may have a perforated eardrum if you are experiencing:

  • Pain in your ear or an earache
  • Residue dripping from your ear
  • An itchy ear
  • A fever
  • Tinnitus

What causes a perforated eardrum?

Often perforated eardrums can be caused by:

  • Flying or diving, the change in the air pressure.
  • Loud noises like fireworks or explosions.
  • An injury which impacts the inner ear.
  • Ear infections.

Ruptured eardrum treatments

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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