Call a doctor immediately if you suspect you or someone you know has a ruptured eardrum and any of the following occur:
The following symptoms suggest a potentially life-threatening complication and require immediate medical evaluation:
Some causes of ruptured eardrums cannot be prevented or avoided. A little caution can lower the risk.
After a few weeks, the patient should notice no long-term symptoms. Perforated eardrums generally heal within two months, and any accompanying
hearing loss is usually temporary.
Rarely, a dangerous infection can spread into the brain or skull. This requires immediate hospitalization or surgery. Also, if the patient has symptoms of severe dizziness and vomiting, facial paralysis, or hearing loss, more extensive surgery of the inner or middle ear may be required beyond patching the eardrum.
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