Ear Drum Repair

When the ear drum ruptures, it is vulnerable to infection and other complications. If you experience the following symptoms, seek the care of an otorhinolaryngologist:

  • Consistent ear pain that stops suddenly
  • Clear, pus-filled or bloody drainage from your ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in your ear (tinnitus)
  • Spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Nausea or vomiting that can result from vertigo

William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat, and head and neck surgeon) at Winneshiek Medical Center says, “Although the ear drum generally heals itself with time, medical evaluation is recommended to avoid hearing other loss and prevent long-term complications.”

If more advanced care is needed, Dr. Remington offers surgical intervention at Winneshiek Medical Center. Procedures are out-patient procedures, and patients generally return home the same day.

Although ear drum rupture can be a complication of inner ear infection or air pressure changes, Dr. Remington advises that patients can prevent ear drum rupture by following simple safety guidelines. “Ear drums can rupture from loud blasts such as a gunshot sound, being punctured by a foreign object like a Q-tip or from head trauma. Prevent your ear drum from rupturing by wearing ear protection, keeping objects out of your ears and remembering a helmet when riding your bike.”

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