What is an ear injury?

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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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Ear Injury

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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