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Busted Eardrums and Hearing Loss

By December 9, 2009

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Everyone knows that a busted (perforated) eardrum can cause hearing loss. How do you know when your eardrum is "broken?" What can be done about it, and is the hearing loss caused by it temporary or permanent?

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December 10, 2009 at 1:54 am
(1) Dan Schwartz says:

Depends on the cause of the trauma. If the trauma is so severe, like being kicked in the head, the endolymph fluid in the cochlea can leak, mixing with the perilymph fluid.

The result with one person with a “busted eardrum” is in fact, her hearing in that ear deteriorated over a one week span, to total deafness.

Recommended reading: Cochlear Fluids Lab @WUSTL

June 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(2) Laura Haworth says:

I am a writer of fiction and I am interested in writing realistically an accident in which my main character loses her hearing due to an explosion that causes both her eardrums to burst.

I would like to whether that person would experience first constant ringing in the ears and then slowly (weeks, months?) lose complete hearing.

I am interested in hearing loss because I lost my hearing at the age of 7. My mother believes it was from having high fever for a week.

I would greatly appreciate a response from anyone that would know what someone would experience having survived such an explosion or a similar accident.

Thank you.

December 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(3) JOE RISHA says:

i AM A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT BURST EARDRUMS CAN CAUSE. GROWING UP, WE LIVED IN A COLD OLD RENTAL HOUSE. I STARTED HAVING EAR ACHES THAT TURNED INTO BOTH EARTHDRUMS BURSTING TWICE. THE DOCTORS TOLD ME AT THE AGE OF 29 WHEN MY WIFE TOLD ME I WAS NOT HEARING HER THAT THERE WERE SCARS ON BOTH DRUMS. AT THE AGE OF 7, I ALSO CONTRACTED RUMATIC FEVOR.

MY HYEARING LOSS STARTED DEGENERATING AFTER THE EARS DRUMS BURST. I WAS TOLD I WAS A SLOW LEARNER IN ELEMENTY SCHOOL, BUT NO ONE SUGGESTED A HEARING TEST. THIS WAS BACK IN THE MIDDLE 50′S. I COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL WITHOUT KNOWING I HAD A HEARING LOSS, JUST THOUGHT I WAS A SLOW LEARNER. I JOINED THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD IN 1969, BUT THEY DID NOT GIVE ME AN AUDIOGRAM, ONLY A 4 WORDED VERBAL TEST. I PASSED IT. AFTER MY WIFE TOLD ME IN 1980 I WENT AND HAD A AUDIOGRAM. MY HEARING WAS ALREADDY DOWN TO MODERATE TO SEVERE. I STARTED WEARING HEARING AIDS.

I HAD TO RETIRE IN 2008 BECAUSE MY HEARING CHANGED TO SEVERE/PROFOUND. I COULD NO LONGER COMMUNITATE WELL WITH MY CUSTOMERS AND PEERS. TODAY A DPOC TEST IS DONE TO SEE IF THE CHILD HAS AN ABNORMAL HEARING LOSS. WHEN WE HAD OUR 2 CHILDREN, IF THEY COMPLANNED AT ALL ABOUT THEIR EARS THEY WENT STRAIGHT TO THE DOCTOR. I HAD HEARING TEST DONE ON THEM AS WELL.

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