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?
The diagnosis of the condition will be done by the ENT specialist or the general physician with the help of a proper detailed examination where imaging tests may also be used to judge the extent of the damage.
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?
Treating ear infections promptly can prevent the eardrum from rupturing.