If you suspect your ear drum has been perforated, contact your SFENTA ear, nose and throat doctor immediately. Your diagnosis can be confirmed with a visual inspection of your ear drum using a lighted instrument. In the meantime, keep your ears dry to prevent an infection, don’t clean your ears and don’t apply any drops until you’ve seen your doctor.
Most ruptured ear drums heal on their own within a few weeks. If your doctor suspects an infection, antibiotics may also be prescribed.
If your ear drum is still perforated after a few weeks of watchful waiting, you may require one of the following procedures:
Ear drum patch. During this in-office procedure, your doctor will apply an ear drum patch over the hole to encourage proper healing.
Surgery. If the patch is unsuccessful, a tympanoplasty may be necessary. During this procedure, your doctor will remove excess scar tissue with a laser and graft a small piece of your own tissue onto the ear drum to close the hole.
A perforated ear drum is a serious problem that can lead to hearing loss, infections and injury. If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact SFENTA today and let our seasoned ear, nose and throat specialists guide you through an effective healing process.
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