The eardrum, a thin layer of tissue that separates the ear canal from the middle ear, vibrates when sound waves hit it. In turn, those vibrations pass through the bones of the middle ear and are transformed into electrical signals that are sent to the brain. When the eardrum ruptures (due to very loud noises, ear infections, pressure changes between the inside and outside of the eardrum, injury, and foreign objects inserted into the ear), hearing loss, earache, discharge, and/or loud buzzing noises can result. Inspection of the ear with a otoscope can help determine the extent of damage. Fortunately, any associated hearing loss can be expected to be short term, and the tissue will repair itself within two months.
At EAR & HEARING CLINIC, our goal is to provide comprehensive audiological assessments. From the results of these assessments, we will educate and inform our patients so they can make an informed decision about their hearing needs. Due to continuing research and advancements in audiology, new techniques and technologies are developing rapidly. We pride ourselves by keeping up-to-date with these advancements. Our wheelchair accessible and spacious new office features state-of-the-art technology in a patient-centered environment.
P.S. To prevent rupture of the eardrum, do not insert objects (especially cotton-tipped swabs) into the ears.