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Eardrum, Ruptured

Eardrum, Ruptured Causes

Causes of a ruptured eardrum may include infection of the middle ear, damage by a foreign object, airplane ear or rupture caused by the pressure from descent and ascent of the airplane, and sudden loud noises.

Eardrum, Ruptured Definition

A ruptured eardrum is usually characterized by a hole or tears in the eardrum, which interrupts the natural hearing process and cause impaired hearing. Aside from that the eardrum also acts a barrier against bacteria and foreign materials from entering the ear. Hence, a rupture eardrum can make a person highly susceptible to ear infections.

Eardrum, Ruptured Diagnosis

Diagnosis is mainly based on ear examination using an otoscope. If eardrum is ruptured the bones of the middle ear becomes visible. Typically, fluid samples are taken for further laboratory studies.

Eardrum, Ruptured Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of a ruptured eardrum includes discharges of clear and often pus-filled from the ear, hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and sharp and often sudden pain or discomfort.

Eardrum, Ruptured Treatment

In most cases, ruptured ear can heal on its own after a few weeks or so. Other treatment options include eardrum patch to seal the hole or tear. In severe cases, doctors may advise a surgical procedure if a patch is not sufficient in closing the hole.

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