Hearing management

Posted by: Blom | 2008/09/23


3 year old burst ear drum

Hi, my son (3 years) burst his eardrom with a ear bud (accident) on Satrurday. I bit of blood came out and we took him to the ER. The doc there could not see much and told us to see a ENT on Monday. Cotton wool was placed in his ear. On Monday we saw a doc and he looked and took his middel ear pressure which confirmed the ear drum burst. He gave us no meds, told us to keep a cotton wool in his ear(to keep it clean/dry) and to see him in 4-6 weeks again. He said it will grow back and then we can look again. Is this correct and what is the complications of a burst ear drum. My son ha no pain and is not off balance.

Please help.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Blom

It is possible for a perforation in an eardrum to heal again. The doctor was just allowing some time for the process. Please make sure to go for your follow-up appointment with the ENT so that the progress can be monitored. It is important to keep the ear dry in the meantime. It might also be advisable to see an Audiologist for a full hearing and middle ear evaluation, once the doctor says that all is in order. Please let me know if you need a referral to an Audiologist in your area. You can e-mail me at izabelle@widex.co.za

Please let me know if you have any further questions

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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