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Perforated Eardrum (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a doctor immediately if you suspect you or someone you know has a ruptured eardrum and any of the following occur:

  • An uncontrolled spinning sensation
  • Difficulty walking
  • An abrupt change in hearing
  • A change in the ability to taste foods
  • You accidentally put your ear under water

The following symptoms suggest a potentially life-threatening complication and require immediate medical evaluation:

  • Stiff neck
  • High fever
  • The worst headache of your life
  • Numbness or weakness in face, arms, or legs
  • Difficulty talking or opening mouth
  • Continued vomiting
  • Pain or swelling behind the ear
  • Abrupt change in vision
  • Difficulty staying awake
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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