What is a perforated eardrum?

A perforated eardrum is a tear or hole in the eardrum and can affect the hearing ability. Tiny eardrum perforation may only cause minimal hearing loss but larger ones can potentially affect the hearing more severely.
A perforated eardrum often heals by itself within a few weeks or months, depending on its severity. The individual needs to keep his or her ear completely dry until the eardrum heals to prevent infection. If the ruptured eardrum does non heal by itself and the individual continues to experience painful symptoms, an ENT doctor may recommend other treatment options. Depending on the severity of the perforation and the symptoms experienced, the ENT doctor may recommend nonsurgical options or surgery, if necessary, to repair the torn eardrum.
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  • Middle ear infection
  • Sudden changes in air pressure inside the ear
  • Sudden loud noise
  • Injury from an object put inside the ear
  • A very hard blow to the ear or head such as from an explosion
  • Accidental damage during ear syringing (a procedure used to rinse out ear wax or other blockages)
  • Disorders associated with the “Eustachian tube” (the tube that controls the pressure inside the middle ear)
  • Whistling sounds when you sneeze or blow your nose
  • Reduced hearing ability or hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Inflammation of the middle ear
  • Infection
  • Earache
  • Pus-like discharge from the ear canal, which may have blood
  • Having ear infections
  • History of eardrum ruptures
  • Previous ear surgery
  • Scuba diving
  • Injury to the ear
  • Inserting foreign objects in the ear
  • Activities that involve rapid pressure changes
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Get proper rest and limit your activities for the first 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
  • Return to daily activities when you are able to sleep well, eat a regular diet, and no longer need pain medications.
  • Do not strain your nose for 5 to 7 days. If you have to sneeze or cough, do so with your mouth open.
  • Avoid blowing your nose for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Take pain medications prescribed by the doctor to get relief from the discomfort.
  • Take antibiotic medicines without any failure.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the incision 2 times a day.
  • Remove dressing after 24 hours of surgery.
  • Keep your ears dry and avoid washing your hair every day. When you are taking a bath, keep your ears covered or use a petroleum jelly-covered cotton plug/bud to prevent water from entering your ears.
  • There will be some blood-tinged discharge from the ear after a few days of surgery. It is common but if the bleeding persists or the discharge becomes discolored or has a foul odor, contact the doctor immediately.
  • Visit the doctor timely for follow-up appointments.

Frequently Asked Question

Things that can increase your risk for a perforated eardrum include- - Activities such as diving or flying that involve rapid pressure changes - Ear infection - Exposure to loud noises - Inserting foreign objects into the ear

If you do not get treatment for a perforated eardrum, you are at an increased risk of developing mastoiditis (infection of the bone behind the ear), otitis media (infection of the middle ear), and permanent hearing loss. If you have a perforated eardrum, you should get the proper treatment right away to prevent complications.
A perforated or ruptured eardrum can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal. Healing time for a perforated eardrum will depend on the severity of the perforation. Your doctor will advise you on the best treatment for your case. You can speak to our expert ENT doctors, who can provide the best treatment for perforated eardrums in Chennai.
Yes, this condition is usually painful if accompanied by infections. However, if the infection is not there, the individual may not have pain. If you want a cure for ear pain or ringing sound in years due to perforated eardrums, get treated by the best ENT doctor for perforated eardrums in Chennai.
Tympanoplasty is the surgery to repair a perforated eardrum. It is a very successful daycare procedure and can be completed in less than 60 minutes. If you wish to discuss more about the surgery and how it can be good for you, you can come and visit our ENT doctor for a perforated eardrum in Chennai at our clinic.

Get Help from ENT Specialists to Resolve A Perforated Eardrum

Though you can visit a primary care provider to get treatment for a perforated eardrum in the earlier stages, the best person to visit is an ENT surgeon. They specialize in treating all kinds of ear, nose, and throat disorders in an optimal way. During your visit, the doctor will diagnose your condition and determine the most plausible method of treatment. 

All our surgeons have more than 8 years of experience and ample knowledge on how to minimize the risks and complications associated with the procedure. So, you can sit back and relax while our doctors take care of you and provide advanced treatment for perforated eardrums. 

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