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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-24-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Any audiologists or ENTs here?

I have a question about perforated ear drums. I was riding the other day on the freeway without my earplugs. I wasn't planning on taking the freeway and it was less than 5 minutes. I otherwise always wear ear plugs on the freeway as I know that the wind noise will cause hearing damage. I was traveling between 65 and 70MPH and there was a really strong cross wind. The noise in the helmet was particularly loud. At one point in my left ear the sound of the wind sounded like a blown speaker, that is, there was some distortion.

Is it possible for an eardrum to become perforated in this way? There wasn't any noticeable hearing loss later that evening or the following day, but this morning (3 days later) upon waking it feels as if my left ear is clogged (may be allergies, but it's only one side).

I know best practice would be to go see the appropriate doctor, but I don't have insurance right now and I think there's not much that can be done. Typically they heal up within a couple of months, from what I've read online.

I have an otoscope at home, but don't think my wife knows what to look for, and I have minimal experience looking inside people's ears...


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I am not a doc but did have a hole in my eardrum which required a vein graft to patch the hole. If you think you have a hole in your ear drum, pinch your nose closed and blow your nose steady as if clearing pressure in your ears from altitude change.

If you hear air leaking, you have a hole. Mine had a high pitch squeak/squeal that anyone in the room could hear.

My ENT encourages me to do the above mentioned many times a day if I get congestion in my ears. It puts positive pressure in the ear canal which in turn pushes out the gunk down your eustation tubes. My wife's ENT wanted to put tubes in but she went to my ENT and got her pressuring her ears and she cleared up without surgery.

The pressure I am talking about is not a lot, so don't blow out your drums. Just enough steady blow pressure to get you ears to pop and stop. Sometimes takes 5 to 10 seconds.
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