Eardrum or Tympanim membrane is a thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. This membrane prevents water, bacteria and other contaminants from getting into the middle ear. The eardrum also plays an important part in enabling us to hear sounds, so damage to the eardrum can lead to problems with hearing. Sometimes this membrane may rupture or tear due to an ear infection, injury, exposure to loud sound etc…Symptoms may include ear pain, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), discharge from the ear and sometimes dizziness. If you think you may have perforated ear drum ; keep your ears dry and avoid blowing through yous nose (this puts pressure on the ear drum). Visit your doctor and an audiologist. If the ear drum does not heal properly with medications your health professional may then refer you to an ENT ( Ear nose throat) Surgeon. If necessary, the eardrum membrane can be repaired using a surgical procedure. Eardrum repairs are usually successful.
Do you suspect your hearing is not as good as it had been and have a history of perforated ear drum or suspect you have a ruptured ear drum. Please call ‘ My Audiologist” on 07 3446 5845 for a comprehensive hearing assessment and advise…..