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Ruptured Eardrum

A hole or cut in the eardrum, the delicate tissue that isolates the middle ear and the ear canal, is called the ruptured eardrum or tympanic membrane perforation. Ear pain, mucus or blood drainage, tinnitus, hearing impairment, vertigo, nausea, and vomiting are the manifestations of the ruptured eardrum. If it does not heal within six months, it can lead to complications like loss of hearing, otitis media, and cholesteatoma.

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I am suffering from pain in my left ear after getting hurt. Is it a serious concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I was slapped on the left part of my face, and now my ears hurt. It feels clogged and painful, and I hear unusual sounds as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a high possibility that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum. It is a prevalent thing to happen, and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear. You will have s...  Read Full »

Can you suggest an effective cure for my ear pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a headache along with congestion and confusion as well as ear pain as if there is some pressure on it. I am not sure if this is an allergy like sinusitis because I barely have any other symptoms than I mentioned above. Sometimes, I feel a dry throat, but I think that is du...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinidhi Ravi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From what you describe, it sounds like you may have an ear infection. In the initial stages of an ear infection, there will be severe ear pain, a feeling of blocked sensation in the ear, decreased hearing, fever and this usually happens along with a severe cold or si...  Read Full »

Are ear infection and constant ear pain indicative of any eardrum problem?

Query: Hello doctor, The patient had three tympanoplasty surgeries in the past, the most recent being a decade ago. She has 10 % hearing in one ear where surgery was performed. Recently, the patient developed an ear infection. Black and white fungus detected in the air. ENT used a micro-suction device to r...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need some details. Are the CT scan films those are attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity) taken after the development of the latest problem or are those taken during the tympanometry surgery in the perioperative period? Do you have the details of t...  Read Full »

How to treat a hole in the tympanic membrane?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female who is 55 kg by weight and 5.6 inches by height. My brother slapped me, and it damaged my ear tympanic membrane. Can you please tell me what medicine I have to take to heal my eardrum or tympanic membrane?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Due to trauma, there is a high probability that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum. This is a widespread thing to happen, and you do not have to worry much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear, a...  Read Full »

I ruptured my ear drum a few years ago. Why does it hurt now?

Query: Hello doctor, Seven years ago, I ruptured my right eardrum. I recently went to my doctor because I lost some of my hearing, and I have been having pains in my right ear. My doctor told me that the ear drum healed but there is a lot of scarring on it. Why is my eardrum hurting if it is improved?  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1) A ruptured eardrum, if not infected, is not a serious condition as it will usually heal by itself within 6 to 8 weeks. It is a skin-like structure, and it heals like a skin that is cut heals. In your case, you had a perforation in the eardrum seven years back, and...  Read Full »

I am recovering from a ruptured eardrum. Can I travel in a train?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently recovering from a ruptured eardrum due to a bacterial infection of my inner and middle ear. I am still oozing a little bit, mostly at night, but the pain has finally subsided. The pain was very bad for about a week. I have finished taking my Amoxicillin tablets, and now...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the channel tunnel that you would probably take is deep water, then it is best to avoid. Flight journeys and deep-sea pressures expose you to extreme changes of stress, which usually get compensated by a normal functioning eustachian tube. In your case, where you ...  Read Full »

I have an eardrum burst following a flu. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. My eardrum burst after coming down with the flu. It has been leaking this watery bloody substance. This happened about four hours ago. I was in pain till it burst. Seems like all the pressure went away and was a huge relief. My question is do I let it heal on i...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Small perforations of tympanic membrane heal on their own, particularly if traumatic. However, you say that it happened after a flu. You may need to see an otolaryngologist to determine if you have any infection in the middle ear. If otitis media is present you will ...  Read Full »

What are the advantages and disadvantages of eardrum surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter, 11 years old, has her eardrum damaged. I want to know the advantages and disadvantages of ear drum surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern and here I would like to say that if your daughter is having an acute perforation of eardrum then that may heal by consecutive medical treatment. On the other hand, if it is a chronic perforation then surgery is the only treatment. Usually surg...  Read Full »

I used a narrow rod to remove ear wax. Will there be any harm?

Query: Hello doctor, I had put a narrow rod on my hear accidentally yesterday, it delivers more wax in my ear with red color and my hearing is not clear normally. I had not taken any treatment and any first aid for that.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is a high probability that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum while cleaning. This is a very common thing to happen and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear...  Read Full »

Can a hole in the eardrum result in hearing loss?

Query: 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 lef...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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. Treatme...  Read Full »

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