A perforated ear drum is a hole or rupture in the ear drum.
There are three main causes of ear drum perforations:
- A common cause is injuries that come in direct contact with the eardrum. Most people don’t realize that daily activities, like using a cotton swab to clean your ears, can cause a amount of damage to the eardrum.
- Infections that originate in the middle ear can create a breach in the eardrum, resulting in a eardrum perforation. If the perforation becomes infected it will cause a lot of pain.
- On occasion, those with chronic Eustachian tube disorders end up with a perforated ear drum.
Someone with a perforated eardrum typically experience symptoms such as hearing loss and fluid liquid drainage. It is crucial to visit a specialist while symptoms are mild because the end results can permanently damage hearing. The first step in assessing the ear drum perforation, is scheduling a hearing test. Please contact one of our patient concierge at 817-332-4060 to schedule an appointment today!