Eardrum Perforation: A Rupture In The Eardrum
The eardrum is a critical component of the overall health of the ear. It helps us hear by converting sound waves into nerve impulses our brain can understand. In addition, it keeps us healthy by preventing moisture, bacteria, or other foreign substances from getting into our middle ear. However, when the eardrum becomes perforated, it can create issues.
What is an eardrum perforation?
An eardrum perforation is a hole in the eardrum. It may also be called a rupture in the eardrum or a tympanic membrane rupture. When the eardrum ruptures, it can cause problems like hearing loss or an ear infection. A perforated eardrum will typically heal on its own. However, in some cases, medical treatment may be needed.
Causes of an eardrum perforation.
Several things can potentially cause your eardrum to rupture. A few of these include:
Ear infections - Middle ear infections are the most common cause of a ruptured eardrum. They can cause pressure to build up in the middle ear that can lead to the eardrum rupturing.
Injury - Certain injuries like a skull fracture or sudden loud noise can cause an eardrum to rupture.
Eustachian tube problems - Eustachian tube disorders can lead to a weakened eardrum, making it more likely to rupture.
Inserting objects - Inserting things like Q-tips into the ear can cause damage to the eardrum.
What are the common symptoms of a perforated eardrum?
A perforated eardrum may not create any symptoms, but when they do, some symptoms to look for include:
- Sharp ear pain
- Pain medication
- Warm compress
- Surgery to repair a significant rupture
Eardrum treatment at ENTACC
Our doctors are well trained to handle all types of ear issues, including eardrum ruptures. We can diagnose your issue and develop a treatment plan to get you feeling better in no time.