thanks for asking in Healthcare Magic.
Injury to ear drum will definitely impair your hearing unless it is in the lower quadrant of the ear drum. If the injury is only in the ear canal
, the hearing will be normal. But sometimes if the hearing loss
is minimal then you would not notice it.
You have also not mentioned what was used by your wife to clean your ear- an ear bud or any metal. In case of injury due to metal, you need Tetanus Toxoid injection
within 24 hours.
Traumatic perforation of the ear drum is a serious problem. At the same time injury to the canal with or without ear drum perforation is also equally hazardous. You can go in for Acute Suupurative Otitis Media
(ASOM) which is a purulent infection of the middle ear in case of ear drum perforation.
The treatment in either case would be antibiotics like Tab. Clarithromycin
, anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen
, antibiotic ear drops like Tobramycin
drops and an injection of Tetanus Toxoid.
Swimming is not advisable for the next two weeks. Keep the ear dry to avoid secondary bacterial infection. In case of persistent pain or discharge you should immediately consult an ENT doctor.
I hope this is useful to you.