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What can a ruptured eardrum lead to?

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A ruptured eardrum -- also known as a perforated eardrum or a tympanic membrane perforation -- can lead to complications such as middle ear infections and hearing loss. It may also require surgery to repair the damage to the eardrum. But typically, especially if you protect your ear, a ruptured eardrum will heal on its own without treatment within a couple of months.

From: Ruptured Eardrum: Symptoms and Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

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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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