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Can head injuries or an ear slap lead to a ruptured eardrum?

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A head injury or an ear slap can cause the eardrum to rupture. So can an acoustic trauma caused by a sudden loud noise, such as an explosion or a sudden blast of loud music.

From: Ruptured Eardrum: Symptoms and Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Ruptured eardrum."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Tympanic Membrane. Middle Ear and Mastoid Disease: Tymapnic Membrane Perforation."

University of Michigan Health System: "Ruptured Eardrum (Perforated Tympanic Membrane)."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Ruptured Ear Drum."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Ruptured eardrum."

Baylor College of Medicine: "Tympanic Membrane. Middle Ear and Mastoid Disease: Tymapnic Membrane Perforation."

University of Michigan Health System: "Ruptured Eardrum (Perforated Tympanic Membrane)."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Ruptured Ear Drum."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

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