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What is an eardrum rupture and how does it relate to hearing damage?

An eardrum rupture happens when there is a tear or hole in the eardrum, which is a thin membrane that divides the ear canal from the middle ear. A rupture can occur from a foreign object entering the ear canal or from an abrupt change in air pressure, such as can occur while flying or deep sea diving. It also may occur due to loud noises. Hearing damage is one symptom of an eardrum rupture. Most eardrum ruptures heal on their own after several weeks or months, making this one cause of hearing damage that typically cures itself.

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