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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Can I get an ear infection after undergoing a tympanoplasty and a mastoidectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having dizziness and fainting-like sensations along with intense itching in both the ears. I had my husband help me take photos with our otoscope I purchased online. The pictures with redness on them are my right ear, and the pictures without the redness and the yellow tube are my...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are likely to have an acute labyrinthitis with acute inflammation of your right ear. If you had such attacks previously, then an examination and investigations of your concerned ear is a must to finalize the diagnosis for a proper mana...  Read Full »

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. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.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 sym...  Read Full »

Can a blow or hit to the ear cause labyrinthitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am sorry to confess that I ended up hitting an old friend in the ear instead of the head amid a fistfight. It was not a bloody fight or anything, but he said he could not hear properly for a couple of minutes afterward. He had labyrinthitis a few weeks later, and I wonder if that could ...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem in concern. Some amount of hearing loss and tinnitus is expected if there has been trauma to the eardrum. There could have been a rupture of the eardrum due to the impact of the injury. However, such perforations involving t...  Read Full »

What are the ear conditions that might require complete or partial removal of the inner and middle ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I just have a general theoretical question. This is not related to my medical history, I was just wondering in general. How much of the ear is it possible to completely remove? Both inner and outer ear. What kind of conditions requires this kind of an operation? What after effects can...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a surgery called radical mastoidectomy, we remove both inner and middle ear and occlude the canal. We do it in cases of malignancies of the ear, where you cannot remove the disease as well as preserve hearing. In earlier days, radical mastoidectomy was done ...  Read Full »

How to treat the hole in my eardrum without surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days ago, I noticed some discharge in my ears. I consulted a doctor, and I was diagnosed to have a small hole in my eardrum. He gave me Durataz injection (Piperacillin and Tazobactam). Now there is no discharge. How to treat the hole in my eardrum without surgery? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). The tympanic membrane (eardrum) perforations may close spontaneously under certain specif...  Read Full »

I suffer from unbearable ear pain after using an ear scoop. How to reduce pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 18 years old. Last night I used an ear scoop and scratched the inside of my ear too hard. I saw a little blood. It was a little sore, but now 24 hours later there is an unbearable pain in that ear. I could not sleep. I cannot access to the hospital until late tomorrow. Can I do anyth...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Do not put anything inside the ear including ear drops and water should not go in while bathing.Next, do you have Paracetamol at home? It is otherwise known as Acetaminophen and Tylenol. You may take that according to your weight.Say your weight is 50 kg then you may take a...  Read Full »

How to stop my ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old female, suffering from ear pain. The doctor confirmed that it is due to some virus and there is a small hole in my ear. Some tablets and Otobiotic drops were given. Still, it did not cure my pain. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome in icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are probably suffering from CSOM (chronic suppurative otitis media) with otitis externa. My advice is to consult your ENT doctor for thorough examination of the ear and necessary investigations to know the real pathology for planing fina...  Read Full »

Can the sound of the gunshot damage my eardrum?

Query: Hi doctor, Accidentally I shot a pistol inside my room without ear protection. And I am hearing a ringing sound in my ears for the last 45 minutes. My query is, is this ringing temporary, or does it indicate any permanent damage to my eardrum? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. Exposure to any loud sound causes some temporary threshold shift as far as hearing is concerned and might be associated with tinnitus. It usually takes around three to four days for this ringing sound to ...  Read Full »

Can regular usage of earbuds cause itching in the ear?

Query: Hi doctor, I had itching in the ear. I thought I had something in it, so I bought an otoscope. I looked at it last night, and it looks like my eardrum is halfway gone. I am attaching the pictures. Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had a detailed look at the otoscopic picture of your eardrum (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There is absolutely no defect, perforation, or hole in the eardrum, and it is absolutely intact. The area which you are referring to is actually a lay...  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. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

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