A to Z: Eardrum, Perforatedenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgA perforated (or ruptured) eardrum is a hole in the eardrum caused by injury or infection.perforated eardrum; ruptured eardrum; ear drum; ear injury; ear pain; hole in ear; perforation; rupture10/26/201204/01/201909/02/20190d898e27-dcf6-42d3-aba3-b05e8c5e8daehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eardrum.html/<p><em>May also be called: Perforated Eardrum; Ruptured Eardrum</em></p> <p>A perforated (or ruptured) <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/">eardrum</a> is a hole in the eardrum caused by injury or infection.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>A perforated (or ruptured) eardrum is often painful and fluid may drain from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a>. Someone with a ruptured eardrum might have dizziness or nausea, ringing or buzzing in the ear, and might not hear as well as usual.</p> <p>In most cases, the hole closes on its own and hearing returns to normal within several months. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection or apply a small paper patch to speed up healing. Sometimes, surgery is needed to repair a persistent hole that hasn't healed.</p> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/P-earDrumPerf-415x233-rd4-enIL.png" alt="illustration" name="4950-EARDRUMPERF_415X233_RD4_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>A perforated eardrum usually doesn't cause long-term problems.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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