Perforated (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, and fluid draining from the ear. Causes of a perforated or ruptured eardrum are many, and include infections, trauma, rapid changes in pressure, and blast waves from fireworks, gunshots, or other explosions.
Ear Infection (Middle Ear) An infection of the ear can be the ear canal (otitis externa), the eardrum, or the middle mear (otitis media). Symptoms of an ear infection include ear pain, hearing loss, ringing in the ear, nausea, vertigo, vomiting, discharge from the ear, or common cold. Treatment for an ear infection include OTC pain relievers, and at times antibiotics.