Perforated Eardrum Topic Guide

Perforated Eardrum (Ruputured Eardrum) Perforated Eardrum (Ruputured Eardrum):

Perforated or ruptured eardrum is a tear or hole in the eardrum. Signs and symptoms of a ruptured eardrum include:

  • Immediate, intense, or sharp pain in the affected ear
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing changes (tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Causes of a perforated or ruptured eardrum are many, and include:
  • Infections
  • Trauma
  • Rapid changes in pressure
  • Blast waves from fireworks, gunshots, or other explosions

Generally a ruptured or perforated eardrum does not need medical care.

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