The eardrum plays a very important function in allowing us to hear. It is fairly delicate, though, and can be damaged even though it is located inside the skull.
The eardrum can be ruptured from a blow to the head, from sudden changes in air pressure, and also from very loud noises. It is a very unpleasant injury to sustain, but thankfully there is usually no permanent damage caused. Most cases are due to middle ear infections.
Regardless, you should still get medical assistance to treat the injury as soon as you can. Here’s a look at some of the signs that your eardrum has been ruptured.
Symptom #1: Ear Pain
The insides of our ears are well protected so it is not likely that much will be able to hurt them. As such, it is not often that we will experience any pain coming from them, but a ruptured eardrum is likely to change this. A ruptured eardrum can be very painful or sometimes it causes no pain at all.
If the ruptured eardrum is not associated with an infection, it usually causes no pain. Therefore, if the pain is present, it is a signal that a middle ear infection could be present and might be the cause of the ruptured eardrum. The pain usually subsides quickly.