Perforation of the ear drum is a hole or tear that occurs in the ear drum due to an injury or infection. Once the infection is gone, perforations usually heal over time, but occasionally they can become chronic and require surgery to correct.
Ear drum perforations are sometimes accompanied by pain, pressure, fluid discharge, fever and diminished hearing. Dr. Tirino will closely examine your ears with an otoscope or a microscope to determine if you are suffering from a perforation.
If you are not exhibiting symptoms, Dr. Tirino may take a wait-and-see approach to give your body a chance to heal on its own. Occasionally, we can apply a small patch to the perforation which will give your skin a chance to grow and heal on its own.
Often, serious perforations will require surgery to repair. Dr. Tirino will explain to you a grafting surgery that is typically performed under general anesthesia. These surgeries typically have very positive outcomes.