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

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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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Ear Injury

If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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