Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Judy | 2011-05-05

Q.

gebarste oordrom

hi
Kan jy my se hoekom bars ''n oordrom, wat veroorsaak dit en wat is die simptome van ''n gebarste oordrom.2J

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Judy

The eardrum is a thin layer of tissue that protects the middle and inner ear from the outside. It acts as a drum sending vibrations into the middle ear. The eardrum is very thin and can therefore easily rupture. When there is a hole in the eardrum the middle and inner ear are exposed to damage or infection.
A burst eardrum can be caused by a middle ear infection when liquid builds up in the middle ear and the pressure eventually breaks through the eardrum; or by trauma by sticking an earbud in too deep or a fall or sports injury; or rapid changes in pressure such as scuba diving, flying or even going up an escalator too fast.
Ear pain is the most common symptom, one can also experience spinning (vertigo), hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ear, or liquid or blood draining from the ear.
If you suspect your eardrum has burst you should see an ENT before trying to self medicate. A hearing test would also be necessary since a burst eardrum can affect your hearing.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Nizha
Audiologist

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Posted by: Zelna | 2015-01-01

Hi, I'm 7 months pregnant and recently had serious earpain and my ear was bleeding. I can't hear much but the whistling noise is driving me crazy!!! Will it get better by it-self? Don't want to go to the DR if he can't help me because I'm pregnant.

Reply to Zelna
Posted by: maryke | 2014-11-22

My kind se sy kan nie hoor nie ek sy se dit klink of iemand op n sinkplaat kap die heel tyd. Wat kan dit wees en moet ek haar dokter toe vat

Reply to maryke
Posted by: Magda | 2011-08-27

Hoe lank vat n oor drom om gesond te word

Reply to Magda
Posted by: Hearing Care | 2011-05-20

Hi Judy

The eardrum is a thin layer of tissue that protects the middle and inner ear from the outside. It acts as a drum sending vibrations into the middle ear. The eardrum is very thin and can therefore easily rupture. When there is a hole in the eardrum the middle and inner ear are exposed to damage or infection.
A burst eardrum can be caused by a middle ear infection when liquid builds up in the middle ear and the pressure eventually breaks through the eardrum; or by trauma by sticking an earbud in too deep or a fall or sports injury; or rapid changes in pressure such as scuba diving, flying or even going up an escalator too fast.
Ear pain is the most common symptom, one can also experience spinning (vertigo), hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ear, or liquid or blood draining from the ear.
If you suspect your eardrum has burst you should see an ENT before trying to self medicate. A hearing test would also be necessary since a burst eardrum can affect your hearing.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Nizha
Audiologist

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