How is an ear injury diagnosed?

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Ear injuries are fairly simple to diagnose as most result from an event, such as a blow to the head, an activity that causes an abrupt change in air pressure, or something being put into the ear canal. If the ear injury is external (damage to the fleshy part of the ear), there will be cuts, abrasions, bleeding, bruising, or swelling of the skin caused by a blow to the ear or some other trauma. If the ear injury is internal (damage to the ear canal or eardrum), you may be able to see the object in the ear, the person may be experiencing pain, nausea, dizziness, ringing ears, or hearing loss. Also, an event such as deep sea diving or flying may have preceded the symptoms.

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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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