How do I know if I ruptured my eardrum?
Signs and symptoms of a ruptured eardrum may include:
- Ear pain that may subside quickly.
- Mucuslike, pus-filled or bloody drainage from your ear.
- Hearing loss.
- Ringing in your ear (tinnitus)
- Spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Nausea or vomiting that can result from vertigo.
How do you treat a ruptured eardrum?
At home, you can ease the pain of a ruptured eardrum with heat and pain relievers. Placing a warm, dry compress on your ear several times daily can help. Promote healing by not blowing your nose any more than absolutely necessary. Blowing your nose creates pressure in your ears.
Should I go to the ER for a ruptured eardrum?
You should also see a doctor if you continue to have symptoms after getting treatment for a perforated eardrum. Even though most perforations heal on their own, you want to take steps to make sure any hearing loss you experience is only temporary. Go to the emergency room right away if you have severe symptoms.
How long does it take for a ruptured eardrum to heal?
A torn (perforated) eardrum will usually heal by itself within 6-8 weeks. It is a skin-like structure and, like skin that is cut, it will usually heal. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe antibiotic medicines if there is an infection or risk of infection developing in the middle ear whilst the eardrum is healing.
What happens if you get water in a perforated eardrum?
Keep your ear dry.
It’s very important to keep your ear dry if the eardrum membrane has been ruptured, because any water that gets inside the ear could lead to infection.
How painful is a ruptured eardrum?
Signs and symptoms of a ruptured eardrum may include: Ear pain that may subside quickly. Mucuslike, pus-filled or bloody drainage from your ear. Hearing loss.
What should you not do with a ruptured eardrum?
Follow these tips to avoid a ruptured (perforated) eardrum:
- Get treatment for middle ear infections.
- Protect your ears during flight.
- Keep your ears free of foreign objects.
- Guard against explosive noise.
Can you still hear with a ruptured eardrum?
A ruptured eardrum often heals without any invasive treatment. Most people with ruptured eardrums experience only temporary hearing loss. Even without treatment, your eardrum should heal in a few weeks. You’ll usually be able to leave the hospital within one to two days of an eardrum surgery.
How do you sleep with a busted eardrum?
During takeoffs and landings, keep your ears clear with pressure-equalizing earplugs, yawning or chewing gum. Or use the Valsalva maneuver — gently pushing air into your nose, as if blowing your nose, while pinching your nostrils and keeping your mouth closed. Don’t sleep during ascents and descents.