What can cause bleeding from the ears?

A ruptured eardrum, foreign objects in the ear, and infections can cause bleeding of the ear. Other than visually identifying blood coming from the ear, another way to identify a bleeding ear is by looking at your pillow. If the ear is bleeding, bloodstains will be easily noticeable.

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