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.


What are the symptoms of perforated eardrum?

One of the main symptoms of a perforated eardrum is hearing loss, which can vary depending on the size of the hole. It usually returns back to normal once your eardrum has healed. Other signs of a perforated eardrum include:

  • Ear pain
  • Sudden loss of hearing
  • Itchy ear
  • Sounds such as high-pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus)
  • A high temperature
  • Discharge from the ear


How do I get treatment for a perforated eardrum?

In most cases, a perforated eardrum will clear up on its own, but it’s best to see a GP - there is a higher chance of ear infection and in some more severe cases, surgery may be required. You can also book an appointment and see one of our experienced Hearing Aid Audiologists.

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