A ruptured eardrum is a tear in the tympanic membrane that separates the outer and inner ear. The membrane could get ruptured due to ear infections or by poking the eardrum with an object such as a ear-bud too hard. A sharp sudden pain, loss in hearing, liquid draining from the ear which could be either bloody, clear or pus, dizziness and facial weakness are some of the symptoms of a ruptured eardrum.
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?
An ENT or ear nose throat doctor would treat this issue. The doctor would give you medicines and ear drops to be put in the ears. Along with this, protective measures are suggested and in some extreme cases there may be a need for surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Using a warm and dry compress can relieve the pain.