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Perforated Eardrum (cont.)

Exams and Tests

The doctor can diagnose eardrum rupture by taking a history and looking in the patient's ear with an otoscope - a special magnifier with a light.

  • Occasionally, very small holes can be difficult to identify and may require further testing.
  • Tympanogram - A test that uses a short burst of air against the eardrum
  • Audiogram - A hearing test

Perforated Eardrum Treatment

Because most perforated eardrum injuries heal on their own within two months, treatment may include analgesics to alleviate pain and antibiotics to prevent infection.

The doctor will likely advise the patient to keep the ear clean and dry while healing.

If the perforated eardrum is due to a foreign object in the ear, do not try to remove it yourself. Only a medical professional should attempt to remove any foreign bodies in the ear.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/11/2015

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