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What causes a perforated eardrum?

Hi, I went to the doctor two days ago to get my ear checked after lots of pain and was told I have a perforated eardrum. I was wondering if I am able to continue to train and play Australian Rules football, but was not sure if I could because of the contact received during the game?
Mon, 10 Jul 2017
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello Dear. Perforated ear drum can be due to trauma you sustained during games. Some of the most common causes of perforated ear drum are

1. Ear infections
2. Activities that can cause barotrauma include:

a. scuba diving
b. flying in an airplane
c. driving at high altitudes
d. shock waves
e. direct, forceful impact to the ear

3. Injury or trauma

a. getting hit in the ear
b. sustaining an injury during sports
c. falling on your ear
d. car accidents

Kindly consult an ENT (Ear, nose, throat) specialist and get evaluated.

Hope i have answered your question. Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. I ll be glad to help you.
All the best
With warm regards
Dr Sanjay Kini     
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