Common causes of ruptured eardrums
A ruptured eardrum is, unfortunately, a condition that can happen to anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. 😓
It can occur in just one ear but may affect both ears.
But what causes eardrums to rupture?
Common causes of eardrum ruptures include:
- Ear infections and sinus infections are among the leading causes of eardrum ruptures among children, particularly when a build-up of puss in the ear canal or middle ear causes pressure and needs somewhere to go.
- Injury, for instance, from a nasty knock on your ear.
- Foreign objects like cotton buds can also cause ruptures.
- Extremely loud noises, for instance, from a concert, machinery, or explosions, can cause acoustic trauma ruptures.
- Sudden changes in air pressure from flying or scuba diving could also lead to ruptured or popped eardrums.
If you have experienced one of these events recently and are now suffering, you may have ruptured your eardrum.
Now we know what they feel like and what can cause them, it's time to get into how to sleep with burst eardrums. 👇
Caring for ruptured eardrums at home
Luckily, ruptured eardrums usually heal by themselves in 2 to 8 weeks.
In the meantime, there are several things you can do at home to help. 🏠
What you should do:
- Take over-the-counter pain medications like paracetamol or ibuprofen as recommended.
- A warm, dry compress over the affected ear can also provide much-needed comfort.
However, there are a few things you should avoid doing while your eardrum is on the mend. 👇
How long do ruptured eardrums take to heal?
Wondering how long it takes for a ruptured eardrum to heal? 🤔
Generally, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to about two months for a ruptured eardrum to heal.
But the healing process may vary from person to person.
If your eardrum isn't getting any better or it's taking longer than expected, it's essential to seek medical advice. 🏥
Can you sleep with a ruptured eardrum?
While we can't guarantee the best night's sleep, it's certainly possible to get those zzz's in even when you have a ruptured eardrum (or eardrums). 🥳
Sleeping on your back with your head elevated is the best position for reducing pressure.
Or you can sleep on the opposite side of your body if you have one ruptured eardrum.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and paracetamol can also help provide comfort when you have a ruptured eardrum.