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I Ruptured And Eardrum

Wed Sep 25, 2002 4:50 pm

Hey yall,

Well, I ruptured my right eardrum last week. I woke up Thursday about 3AM with a terrible earache. About 6AM I went to Baylor University Hospital in Dallas to have it checked out. After about 3 hours in the Emergency room, the doctor told me I had a severe ear infection and gave me a shot for the pain, sent me home with amoxicilan and vicodin. I slept for a few hours and woke up around noon. I layed in bed for a while, then I heard this gushing sound in my right ear. Went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and there was blood coming from my right ear.

So, I went back to the hospital and there were about 1000 people in the waiting room of the emergency room at Baylor. So, I went to the SMU health center and they told me it was ruptured. Gave me another shot and sent me home with more vicodin and a cipro (used to treat anthrax).

The thing bled all weekend, and I went to an Ear Nose and throat doctor today. He said I had lost a great percentage of my hearing and that the infection was really bad. It was the worst pain I had ever felt.

So, he sent me home with some more medicine and a topical antibiotic. Howveer, he said I might have to have surgery to repair my ear.

Do any of you know how severe a ruptured eardrum is and will my hearing ever be normal?

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Wed Sep 25, 2002 7:22 pm

Odds are, your hearing will probably not return to normal (100%) in that ear. However, depending on the amount of damage to the middle ear, inner ear, and cochlea, your hearing may not return after reconstruction of the eardrum. Most of the time (in cases that don't have much damage), one can expect at least 50% recovery of hearing after reconstruction--hearing aids are also employed to help return your hearing to "normalcy." Don't worry, though--new breakthroughs in the field of cochlear implants are allowing people who become totally deaf to regain 80-90% of their hearing. As always, nothing in medicine is guaranteed--you could walk away with 100% hearing or none at all. I'm sorry for ya, man, and I hope you'll recover well.

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 4:21 am

Have hope...
I had a ruptured eardrum when I was 5 or 6 after years of recurrent ear infections in one ear. Hurt like the dickens, but I have full hearing in that particular ear now. In fact, it may be better than my hearing in the other ear. But then again I didn't have blood spouting out of my ear, and I didn't have to have any surgery. Are there different levels of severity for ruptured eardrums? It seems to me that if it has ruptured, it has ruptured, but I could be (and probably am) wrong.
But you definately can regain near 100% hearing after enduring a ruptured eardrum.
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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 8:50 am

Actually...I wouldn't worry too much about it UAL747. It does seem painful, and I'm sure it is, but just talk to your doctor about the hearing loss situation. I don't think you will lose much hearing if any at all. But this just happened spontaneously??? You just..woke up and your ear was hurting?

Don't fret my friend. Alls will be well. Just make sure you take it easy for some time, dont listen to loud music, that wont help at ALL.

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 9:06 am

I ruptured my eardrum when I was 12, let me tell you it is extremely painful.They gave me antibiotics and I had to go to the ear doctor every 3 weeks for a whole year to see how my eardrum was healing. Thank God I didnt have to go through surgery and I got my hearing back to 100 %.
I ruptured my eardrum in a very stupid way- I put a Qtip in my ear, totally forgot I had it there and I threw myself on the bed- then I guess you can imagine what happened.
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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 9:16 am

UAL --

First of all, I'm sorry to hear about this. I know it is extremely painful, and it's too bad the infection wasn't caught before it ruptured your eardrum.

Before any doctor does anything else, the infection must be killed off. You will be on antibiotics for some time (longer than the normal 21 days.) No doctor will want to operate on an infected ear.

Your eardrum could heal itself, but that is unlikely. You will probably need reconstructive surgery on it.

I agree with the others that you will likely lose some hearing because of this. That's the bad news. The good news it that with a reconstructed eardrum you could easily regain more than 50% of your hearing.

The "gushing sound" you heard was probably not the blood itself but the fact that your inner ear became open to the air. It's not unlike the sensation you have in an airplane when you manage to open up your ears after a pressure change.

I hope you weren't ignoring ear pain for a long time before this happened. If that was indeed the case, you'll probably go to the doctor much more quickly next time!


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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 9:49 am

UAL747, I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm no expert in this field, but I wanted to say, hang in there! And whatever happens, try to make the best of it.

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 11:03 am

Oh, my bad UAL -- I see you went to the ER basically right away. You must have one nasty bug!

That explains the Cipro -- it is an extremely powerful, broad-spectrum antibiotic. Whatever nasty bug you have will surely die quickly. Sorry it didn't die quickly enough, though...

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 12:51 pm

I can definitely relate to this. I had a major ear infection when I was 15 that caused the eardrum to rupture, hurt like a mother***. Because of the infection and the damage I had to have surgery to repair it (had to repair 2 of the middle ear bones and the eardrum) but ended up with most (I would estimate 65-75%) of my hearing back. It was a rough couple of months but it ended well.

Hang in there and good luck!

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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Thu Sep 26, 2002 2:50 pm

Ahh yes, the Baylor University Hospital waiting room, I sat in the waiting room with a freshly broken nose, with blood steadily dripping from it for four hours this summer (dont even ask me how I broke it!). I'm not joking when I say this but people who were just getting physicals done went in to the emergency area before me, I was pissed!!! Were half of those 1000 people, the homeless, thats all that was in the waiting room when I was there at 2:00AM.
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RE: I Ruptured And Eardrum

Sat Sep 28, 2002 7:27 am

Actually Cipro is more commonly used for for ear infections and has been for quite some time.

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