Perforated eardrum

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What is perforated eardrum?

A perforated eardrum occurs when an opening or hole in the thin layer of tissue (eardrum) separates the outer and middle ear. An infection, very loud noises, injury to the face/ear, and changes in pressure may cause a perforated eardrum. The hearing is affected and it may cause pain or discomfort.

Common symptoms reported by people with perforated eardrum

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with perforated eardrum

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
perforated eardrum (1)

Data from patients with perforated eardrum, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with perforated eardrum

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling in lower extremities
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for perforated eardrum (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
perforated eardrum (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with perforated eardrum, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has perforated eardrum on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 5
30s 6
40s 13
50s 7
60s 4
70+ 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 12
Female 28

These charts show data from perforated eardrum patients who have completed their condition history
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