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Perforated Eardrum (cont.)

Outlook

After a few weeks, the patient should notice no long-term symptoms. Perforated eardrums generally heal within two months, and any accompanying hearing loss is usually temporary. Rarely, a dangerous infection can spread into the brain or skull. This requires immediate hospitalization or surgery. Also, if the patient has symptoms of severe dizziness and vomiting, facial paralysis, or hearing loss, more extensive surgery of the inner or middle ear may be required beyond patching the eardrum.

Pictures of Perforated Eardrum

A normal tympanic membrane (eardrum).
A normal tympanic membrane (eardrum). Click to view larger image.

A perforated tympanic membrane
A perforated tympanic membrane Click to view larger image.

A type of ear protection for water sports such as skiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, or parasailing.
A type of ear protection for water sports such as skiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, or parasailing. Click to view larger image.

Ear protection for prevention of blast injuries typically caused by firearms.
Ear protection for prevention of blast injuries typically caused by firearms. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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