Ruptured Eardrum (due to infection)

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    Aug 25, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    So. For the first time since I was a little kid, I managed to get an ear-ache. NOT pleasant! This started 4-5 days ago.

    - Saw ENT specialist
    - Taking antibiotics orally - Cipro
    - Taking antibiotic ear-drops w/steroids to aid eardrum healing

    Problem: I work in sales and was told not to 'cover' my ear in order to have it dry-out/heal. However, I am still draining fluid in a fairly constant trickle throughout the day - and I am also exhausted... from lack of sleep and antibiotics(?)

    Can anyone with experience with this condition advise on when it would be safe(r) to go back to work (I can't exactly be dripping pus from my ear on the sales floor!), and might there be any ways to help induce proper ear-drum healing?

    What is even more distressing to me is that I produce music and have always had excellent hearing... and now I fear that my left ear/channel could be permanently compromised. I was told the tear is small and it should heal well - but don't know exactly what that means. Doctor said I might lose up to -10db in that ear. I guess hearing tests will reveal the answer in time.

    Much Thanks! -manboy
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    Aug 25, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    I feel your pain - I was a Flight Attendant for 2 years and it all ended because I had sinus problems that led to me rupturing my left ear drum on descent into Vancouver. Pressure changes suck!

    The optimist in me says don't worry - it will heal just fine. The eardrum itself should heal pretty quickly. However, that being said, my left ear took nearly 2 years to get back to "normal" - even then it's not the same. Whenever I fly I now have to take a steroid to help ensure the pressure equalizes in my left ear...

    As for how I hear - just fine. I wouldn't worry about music icon_smile.gif You may just need to be careful in the future when you fly or go scuba diving/anything with changes in atmospheric pressure. But who knows - I have friends who have ruptured ear drums and they're 100% again.