Perforated eardrumOverview

A perforated or burst eardrum is a hole in the eardrum. It'll usually heal within a few weeks and might not need any treatment.


A perforated eardrum is a hole in your eardrum.


Symptoms of a perforated eardrum include sudden hearing loss, earache and fluid leaking from your ear.


A perforated eardrum often heals on its own. You may need antibiotics if you get an ear infection or surgery if the hole does not heal.


Common causes of a perforated eardrum include an ear infection, a blow to the ear, cleaning your ear with a cotton bud and changes in air pressure.

Page last reviewed: 05/04/2017
Next review due: 05/04/2020