scruffLA saidouch, I had a ruptured/perforated ear drum from some clown who car crashed into me and while looking at the damage, then sucker punched me in the right ear and drove off...you could say, "hit and run", I fell to the ground in the middle of an intersection, I had to go to hospital in ambulance because my equilibrium was total off and couldn't drive. I also couldn't hear for a week after, I lost some of my hearing after this incident and now have pressure problems on planes, if I don't chew gum on take offs and descending's, then I get a painful blast in my ear.
Because there is literally a hole in your ear drum, I would recommend not flying at all until somewhat healed. The cabin pressure could blow a hole again once it starts the healing process and you could be in major pain on the plane without medication
I would be interested to know your story on how you managed to bust your eardrum, hopefully, not from loud music
That would b a double hit and run?? Not loud music, was swimming/jumping into water (not from very high) and assumed I just had water in my ear. 3 days later started to leak blood n nasty stuff, felt like I was getting poked in the ear with a pen repeatedly. Not bad now just plugged and annoying. No prescription required for anything here so ill prob b "well medicated" if it starts to suck too bad. That's like plan C though, should b fine w out it.
I believe new divers experience this, may have something to do with the sudden change in pressure, barometric air pressure on a high platform, then suddenly into a crushing under water pressure, you could also have a touch of swimmers ear, water trapped in the inner ear canal (this is what ear wax is for, to help keep water out), if it feels plugged, try OTC swimmers ear drops.
people make the mistake all the time using Q-tips to clean there ears. DO NOT USE Q-TIPS AT ALL in your ears, my guess you are using these to clean the wax out, putting them in to far, you may have pushed some water and wax into your inner canal, maybe why it still feels plugged
Try this, and follow directions, it may dislodge whatever you have stuck in there, The best way to clean your ears is to take a tissue and drape it over your finger, and anywhere you can reach with your finger