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What is a barotrauma?

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Some ruptured eardrums result from what's known as barotrauma. This happens when the pressure inside the ear and the pressure outside the ear are not equal. That can happen, for example, when an airplane changes altitude, causing the air pressure in the cabin to drop or rise. The change in pressure is also a common problem for scuba divers.

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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