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Hit ear drum with a Q-tip. Getting ringing sound in ear. What should be done?

Yesterday I used a Q-tip to clean out my ears, and I accidentally went too far in. I realized I hit my ear drum, not very hard because it only hurt for a second, but after that happened, my hearing is muffled, and I have ringing in my right ear. It s continued today, and I m wondering if there is anything to decrease this ringing, because every time there is noise, the ringing gets louder, which isn t pleasant.
Asked On : Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

Since you have muffled hearing and ringing then in all probability it is very likely that you might have injured your drum. When this happens then the ringing will increase especially when there is excess noise.

In any case it is imperative that you consult an ENT who can do a proper examination of the ear drum and get to know the status
He may also advice an audiometry assessment for further treatment and follow up
If the drum or the canal is injured the you may be advised to start a course of antibiotics and antihistamines so that the area does not get infected and heals soon

furthermore, do not allow water to enter the ear and keep it as dry as possible
do not also put any drops in the ear and do not attempt to clean
Avoid exposure to loud noise

take care and get well soon,

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Thu, 29 Aug 2013
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