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Ruptured Eardrum

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by Kohnle D

(Tympanic Membrane Perforation; Perforated Eardrum)

 

Causes

Eardrums may rupture from a variety of causes, including:
  • Ear infections
  • Puncture from use of a Q-tip or other device inserted in the ear canal
  • Damage to the ear, such as being slapped or hit
  • Pressure building up inside the middle ear, as may occur with scuba diving
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
http://www.entnet.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Academy of Audiology
http://www.canadianaudiology.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Perforated eardrum. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/perforatedEardrum.cfm . Updated March 20, 2013. Accessed August 29, 2013.


Tympanic membrane perforation. Baylor College of Medicine website. Available at: http://www.bcm.edu/oto/index.cfm?pmid=15422 . Accessed August 29, 2013.


Tympanic membrane perforation. Columbia University Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.entcolumbia.org/tympperf.html . Accessed August 29, 2013.

 

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