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What is an ear injury?

Ear injuries include external damage to the soft tissue of the outer ear or internal damage to the eardrum or ear canal of the inner ear. For the outer ear, injuries can include scratches, bruises, blood clotting, cuts, or swelling of the fleshy ear tissue. Internal ear injuries are often the result of unintended, self-inflicted damage done by inserting objects into the ear and may result in a ruptured eardrum. The eardrum also may rupture when subjected to air pressure changes, as from flying or deep sea diving. It also can result from a hard slap to the ear, particularly when the ear is wet.

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