Tympanic Membrane Perforation
What Is a Tympanic Membrane Perforation?
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- Things stuck in the ear (cotton swab, bobby pin, pencil, etc.)
- Getting slapped on the ear
- Being close to an explosion
- Repeated ear infections (acute otitis media)
- A severe ear infection. The pressure of the pus behind the eardrum causes it to rupture.
Evaluation and Treatment of Tympanic Membrane PerforationTo determine if your child has tympanic membrane perforation, the Children’s Hearing Center team will:
- Evaluate your child’s hearing
- Examine your child’s ear with a microscope
- Request a computed tomography (CT) scan, if needed, to determine the extent of the disease. The CT scan can also provide images to guide surgery.