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Ruptured Eardrum

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a ruptured eardrum?

A ruptured eardrum is a tear or hole in your eardrum.

Ear Anatomy

What causes a ruptured eardrum?

What are the signs and symptoms of a ruptured eardrum?

How is a ruptured eardrum diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may use a tool called an otoscope to look inside your ear. An otoscope will allow your provider to see your eardrum and the size and location of the tear. Your provider will also be able to see any fluid or infection inside your ear.

How is a ruptured eardrum treated?

A mild rupture may heal on its own over time. Your healthcare provider may clean your ear and put a bandage over it. Your provider may also place a cotton ear plug in your ear to cover the tear.

How can I care for my ruptured eardrum?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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