What are the possible complications of a ruptured eardrum?

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Possible complications of a ruptured eardrum include ear infections, hearing loss, and middle ear cysts. One of the functions of the eardrum is to provide a barrier between the ear canal and the middle ear. If this barrier becomes ruptured, it increases the risk for ear infections as it provides easier access for bacteria to enter the middle ear. Hearing loss very often accompanies a ruptured eardrum. Most of the time, this loss is temporary. However, one possible complication is that the hearing loss could become permanent. Another possible complication is related to the buildup of  wax, debris, and dead skin cells in the ear. All this debris typically migrates to the outer ear in the form of ear wax. If the eardrum is perforated, the debris can travel to the middle ear instead, which can introduce bacteria and other proteins that can damage the bones of the middle ear.

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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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