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...
2011 Imperial Red
Givi V46 / V35's SW Motech mounts
Skidmarx hugger Moto Werks bar riser
Mondo Motors LED Driving Lights
A little bit of road rash
Last edited by BaileyMan; 06-24-2013 at 10:41 AM.