Perforated (Ruputured) Eardrum


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Comment from: TMG, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

Both my eardrums ruptured 2 months ago, due to otomycosis. There is no more active infection, however, I still feel itching and some pain. I've been regularly going to my ENT for follow up. He says the holes are healing, and the itch and pain are due to the healing process and maybe to some extent, the cerumen that has come back. I wonder if anybody else has gone through this same itch and pain as the ruptured eardrum heals. Maybe you have some advice on how to deal with this as it is a constant bother to me. Thanks.

Comment from: Mahnoor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I have got an eardrum ruptured in my right ear. It was such a painful experience, I immediately went to the ENT specialist for medication. He recommended me some antibiotic and dizziness controlling pills. It has been 2 months and I have recovered my minor hearing loss. I hope to get my ear to normal position soon by the 3rd month of healing time period.

Comment from: Shaw99, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I had experienced muffled hearing for a couple of days. Believing it was a buildup of wax I dripped some olive oil into the ear to clear it. After about 10 minutes I started to suffer terrible vertigo and nausea, this was followed by total loss of hearing in the treated ear. I was unable to stop the spinning or vomiting for almost 8 hours and was confined to bed for a day and a half. After this I suffered balance issues. I contacted my local general physician (GP) who diagnosed with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). I wasn`t convinced with this as this would explain only the vertigo. I returned to the GP 2 weeks later after not improving and was referred to a hospital where I was diagnosed with a ruptured ear drum and I am now undergoing treatment.

Comment from: azjz, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 27

He couldn't say whether my perforated eardrum was due to a virus or bacteria, but gave me a prescription for 875 amoxicillin. On way to the drugstore, my ear started bleeding (a lot I thought for an ear) but the shooting pains did stop; mostly. I'm hoping 24 hours on the antibiotic will help and the other ear which is making some movement will not join.

Comment from: Mathabo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

The pain was initially unbearable due to sharp impulses that shot across the back of my ear, then along the jawline (internally), and finally eased at the throat. I could barely swallow; and burping was a nightmare. It felt like I had some air trapped in my ear. The sensation was rather awful with bursts of what felt like slight paralysis across my right (face) every now and then. I mistook all this for either an air or water trap in my ear. It got better with time though; and after a thorough doctor's consultation a tympanic membrane rupture was confirmed.

Comment from: ted, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I had a spot of cancer in my throat. The doctor who handled the radiation treatment obviously knew zip about what she was doing; I got overdosed! To say the least; 7000 rads! That’s not a misprint, seven thousand! That was in 1996. I was living on a lot of Ensure Plus for years and by 2001 it was the only thing I could get down my throat. To give me enough of everything to live on, 6 bottles a day. If it is not liquid it is not going down. Nothing works right, from my chest to my forehead. I am deaf in one ear and need a hearing amplifier in the other to watch TV, for sound. I need the amp on max, and headphones on max. I figure another couple years and that won’t work anymore. My right eardrum has ruptured due to drying out and the ENT says he can’t glue a piece of something on it to block air escaping so I have to block that ear to blow my nose. I have had a few people say I could blend food to liquid, I say why go to all that trouble, and more expense. This has kept me alive and healthy for 15 years.

Comment from: MarmaP, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 07

Since childhood rupture due to infection, I have had a perforated eardrum. For about 10 years, I frequently had infection and/or drainage. In my teens, I had fiberglass patch applied, but quickly sneezed it off. For last 50 years, I have had no symptoms, but could entertain at parties by blowing smoke through my ear. Now, at age 75, I have very noticeable hearing loss of volume, and am being fitted with a hearing aid. So, my experience suggests one shouldn't be too concerned about ruptured eardrum.

Comment from: sissya, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

When I was 2 years old I had a perforated eardrum that ruptured, from an ear infection. At age 27 I had an ear infection, and my sister put a flush with water in my ear, and it blew my eardrum immediately. Now I have a hole in both eardrums, and have never tried to repair, which has left me hard of hearing in both ears.

Comment from: Handyman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

While hanging a bird feeder with wire, the wire slipped and poked right inside my ear. My ear bled a lot afterwards.


Ear infection or acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear. See Answer
Comment from: Tudbuga, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 01

I was surfing and I caught a big wave on the head and I was pushed too fast down 5 meters. I had no time to equalize! I came up with no equilibrium and my eardrum was perforated.

Comment from: dartaninan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 30

I am always digging my ears using cotton buds until I experienced now that infection causes a lot of pain. I really don’t know how to take this pain away.

Comment from: Frankie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 04

As a child I had so many earaches and told it was a mastoid. Later in life, if my head tilted to that side there was a foul smelling discharge. I saw the doctor and he said it was a perforated ear drum. I had an operation to repair it. That was about 30 years ago.

Comment from: EdB, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

My perforated eardrum was done by a doctor when he cleaned wax from my ears. Now I need surgery.

Comment from: Doe, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I told my doctor I had a clicking in my ear and the next thing I knew he had put a hole in my eardrum to see if there was fluid behind it, which there was not, and he said it was a call whether to close it or not. He chose not to and said it would make it worse. The hole is now twice as big as when he put it there. My hearing test he did in that ear before he put a hole in the eardrum proved my hearing good in that ear, now I have been in misery for over two months. I’m waiting to get a second opinion on having surgery from a specialist. Why would he have done this to my ear without first explaining what might happen if there was no fluid. Good grief.


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