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Ruptured Eardrum

Ruptured Eardrum


Tympanic Membrane Perforation


What is it?

Simply a hole in your eardrum. This is most commonly caused due to injury from vigorous selfcleaning of the ear. It can also be caused by middle ear infection.

Other causes include pressure changes (such as diving, flying, high-altitude driving, shock waves, direct or strong impact on the ear), injuries or trauma to the side of the ear or the head, and foreign bodies in the ear, which can all cause the eardrum to rupture.

Raptured eardrum not due to infection normally heals within two days to a week without any treatment. Care should be taken to make sure water does not get into the ear when you have a raptured eardrum.

Ear drops are not recommended when you have a traumatic rapture of eardrum.

  • Ear Pain
  • Bleading from ear
  • Hearing Loss
  • Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  • Ear discharge, if there is infection (could be mucous, watery, pus like or bloody)
  • Dizziness or vertigo which can cause nausea / Vomitting

When to see a doctor?

If you develop symptoms go to a nearby walk-in clinic or convenient care. Symptoms include bloody discharge from your ear, excruciating pain, complete hearing loss in one ear, and dizziness that causes vomiting.