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Landed on the ear, persisting echoing in ear. Is this serious?

hello i was horse playing with my brother and landed on my ear hard it was echoing at first but fadded off two days later it is still a little echo-y and when i put my hand on my ears the right is normal but the ear i hit is not it sound like no suction is this any thing to worry about and will it go away with time im a male and 19 years old thank you
Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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hello and welcome to HCM,

Any sudden trauma can affect our ears to even rupture the drum which may cause this acute or severe pain and also hearing loss. Secondly it can just cause a shock to the nerves of hearing in which case the pain is usually not seen but only the hearing loss.

In either case you need to definitely consult an ENT who will perform a full examination and also hearing testing. He will also make sure that your drum is intact or injured and start treatment accordingly.

Meanwhile till you meet your ENT make sure you are not exposed to further loud noise, avoid head bath (prevent even a small amount of water to enter the ear) and do not attempt to clean your ears

If the pain is very severe then see an emergency doctor if simple analgesic like paracetamol does not work

take care

Dr Sriram Nathan
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