hello and welcome to HCM,
What you may have been suffering is an infection of the drum and the ear which is called the acute otitis media
In the first stage of this infection you will have a severe pain
due to the bulge of the drum
In the second stage when the drum gives way to the discharge you will have a relief of the pain.
Due to the discharge coming out and causing a hole in the drum, your healing will reduce and become muffled.
Now you need to do the following:
1. Get an ENT to properly clean and examine you ear drums
2. Get an audiometric assessment if necessary
3. Start an antibiotic will pain killers and anti histamines
in consultation with your doctor
4. Keep the ear dry and clean and make sure no water enters into it
do not meddle or try to clean the ears by yourself
take care and get well soon
Dr Siram Nathan