Q. My dad is not able to hear from the ear that has a hole in the eardrum. Is it curable?

Answered by
Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 29, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 26, 2021

Hi doctor,

My dad is 57 years old and he is diabetic. Before six months, he started to have an ear discharge and so we consulted an ENT specialist. He was diagnosed with a hole in the eardrum. He was given medications. But still, the discharge has not stopped. Now, he is unable to hear from his left ears. Why is this happening? Is it serious? Is this curable?



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Medicines are given to manage the condition. Proper cure can be done with surgery. As he is diabetic, it is not safe to do surgery at this age. So continue giving medications. Tell him to use cotton while taking bath. It is good to avoid using water on his head. Treatment should be taken immediately when he catches a cold. Hearing loss occurs due to improper vibration in the ear. It occurs due to a hole in the eardrum. Due to his age and diabetes, hearing deterioration takes place faster. He needs to do an audiometry test and if required, a hearing aid can be used.

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