Hearing management

Posted by: Ali | 2019/02/26


Common symptoms of a burst eardrum

What is the most common way to burst an eardrum? I am asking because someone I know has a burst eardrum and they won't tell me how they got it.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert
- 2019/02/27

Dear Ali,

There are several causes for a burst eardrum. If there is middle ear fluid (for example, as a result of an infection), the fluid build up can become so much that the eardrum perforates to let the fluid out of the ear. Exposure to excessively loud noise, such as an explosion close to the ear, can cause traumatic perforation of the eardrum. If a foreign object is inserted too far into the ear, this can cause damage to the eardrum, especially sharp objects. If someone suffers a blow to the ear or is hit on their ear, this can also cause the eardrum to burst.

Kind regards

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