A ruptured eardrum is an opening or hole in the eardrum. The eardrum is a thin piece of tissue that separates the outer and middle ear. The various symptoms may include:
• Drainage from the ear (drainage may be clear, pus, or bloody)
• Ear noise/buzzing
• Earache or ear discomfort
• Hearing loss in the involved ear (hearing loss may not be total)
• Weakness of the face, or dizziness (in more severe cases)
HOW IS EARDRUM RUPTURE DIAGNOSED?
An ENT doctor can diagnose a ruptured eardrum with the aid of an otoscopic examination. An audiology test could also be performed to determine the level of hearing or loss of hearing.
HOW IS EARDRUM RUPTURE TREATED?
A ruptured eardrum usually heals by itself without treatment within three months. Antibiotics could be prescribed to prevent ear infections. A warm compress and pain relievers could also be advised to relieve discomfort and pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
A ruptured eardrum often heals without any invasive treatment. Most people with ruptured eardrums experience only a temporary hearing loss which will recover within eight weeks.