A perforated eardrum is a hole or tear within the eardrum. There are a few reasons this can happen, with the most common being caused by an ear infection - although going too far into the ear with cotton buds, changes in air pressure when flying and sudden loud noises can also cause this type of damage.
Signs of a perforated eardrum:
In most cases, a perforated eardrum will clear up on its own, but its best to see a GP - there is a higher chance of ear infection and in some more severe cases, surgery may be required.
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