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Perforated Eardrum (cont.)

Prevention

Some causes of ruptured eardrums cannot be prevented or avoided. A little caution can lower the risk.

  • Treat ear infections early.
  • Avoid flying or scuba diving if you have sinus infection or upper respiratory tract infection.
  • If you must fly or scuba dive, pinch your nose and swallow air frequently to help equalize the pressure.
  • Never put anything in your ear, even to clean it (for example, Q-Tips).
  • Wear proper ear protection such as ear plugs or protection designed for sports activities.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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