Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
An eardrum perforation, or a ruptured eardrum, is a hole in the tissue that separates the ear canal from the middle ear. It can be caused by a severe ear infection or injury to the ear.
- Ear Pain
- Clear or bloody drainage from the ear
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Diagnosis and Treatment
A visual inspection in most cases will confirm the perforation. Small perforations often heal on their own, however, larger and/or persistent perforations often need surgical repair. In general, for younger children who have persistent perforations, observation will be recommended first.
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Did you know?
The force of pressure from a dive into water by a young swimmer can rupture the eardrum.
Ruptured eardrums happen suddenly.
Because the eardrum helps you hear, your hearing can suffer from a perforation.