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Ruptured Eardrum

Ruptured Eardrum | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Holes in the eardrum are usually caused by trauma or infection. If the rupture is the result of trauma, symptoms include the following:

  • bloody ear drainage
  • immediate decrease in hearing
  • ringing in the ear, called tinnitus
  • If the rupture is the result of an infection, symptoms may include the following:

  • bloody ear drainage
  • hearing impairment
  • intense ear pain
  • If the rupture is the result of tuberculosis, symptoms include a watery, clear ear drainage and hearing impairment.

    If an individual has a middle ear infection, the ear pain lessens significantly when the eardrum ruptures. The degree of the hearing impairment depends on the size and location of the hole.

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    Ruptured Eardrum: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Mark Loury, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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