What are the symptoms of an ear injury?

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For external ear injuries (damage to the soft, fleshy tissue of the ear), symptoms may include cuts, abrasions, bleeding, bruising, or swelling of the skin. For internal injuries (ruptured eardrums, damaged ear canal, items stuck in the ear), symptoms may include pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or the sensation of hearing noises. With some internal ear injuries, there also may be blood or clear liquid coming from the ear canal.

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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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