A perforated eardrum, a condition where there is a hole or tear in the thin membrane that separates the ear canal from the middle ear, demands specialized care to preserve hearing function and prevent complications. At NJ ENT, our team of Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists is dedicated to providing advanced and comprehensive treatment for individuals with perforated eardrums.

Perforated Ear Drum Causes

A perforated eardrum, characterized by a tear or hole in the thin membrane separating the ear canal from the middle ear, can result from various causes. One common cause is middle ear infections, where the accumulation of fluid exerts pressure on the eardrum, leading to rupture. Trauma to the ear, such as a direct injury or exposure to a sudden loud noise, can also cause perforations. Inserting objects into the ear canal, like cotton swabs, can inadvertently damage the delicate eardrum and contribute to perforation. Additionally, barotrauma, often experienced during rapid changes in air pressure, as seen in scuba diving or air travel, can result in a perforated eardrum. Whatever the cause, seeking timely medical attention is crucial to determine the appropriate treatment and prevent potential complications.


Perforated eardrum symptoms can vary in intensity and may include a combination of auditory and physical manifestations. Common signs of a perforated eardrum include sudden or acute ear pain, which may subside quickly if the eardrum ruptures. Hearing loss is a prevalent symptom, particularly if the perforation affects the transmission of sound waves to the middle ear. Individuals may also experience tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sensation in the affected ear. Ear drainage, often clear or tinged with blood or pus, can occur as a result of the perforation. Some individuals report dizziness or a sensation of imbalance, particularly if the perforation is associated with an underlying ear infection. If any of these symptoms are present, seeking prompt medical attention from an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


Treatment for a Perforated Ear Drum

Precision Diagnosis

Our approach begins with a meticulous examination, often including otoscopy and, if necessary, imaging studies. This enables us to precisely diagnose the size, location, and potential causes of the perforation.

Conservative Management

For smaller perforations and those caused by infections, our specialists may employ conservative management strategies. This could involve antibiotic ear drops, keeping the ear dry, and allowing the body’s natural healing processes to close the perforation.


In cases where conservative measures are insufficient, or for larger perforations, surgical intervention may be recommended. Tympanoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure aimed at repairing the perforated eardrum. Our experienced surgeons meticulously place graft material over the hole, promoting natural tissue growth and restoring the integrity of the eardrum.

How We Can Help

At NJ ENT, we understand the impact a perforated eardrum can have on your quality of life. Our patient-centered approach emphasizes open communication, compassion, and collaboration. We take the time to educate you about your condition, discuss treatment options thoroughly, and tailor our approach to meet your individual needs.

If you suspect a perforated eardrum or experience symptoms such as sudden hearing loss, ear pain, or drainage, prompt intervention is crucial. Seeking professional evaluation ensures timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, potentially preserving and improving your hearing.

Regain confidence in your hearing with NJ ENT’s advanced treatment for perforated eardrums. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards optimal ear health and well-being.

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After seeing my fifth ENT, Dr. Undavia is the first Doctor who actually listened to me. I had two CT scans that he actually took the time to look at as well as the written reports. He has a great bedside manner and I finally felt that I found the right doctor. I actually drove an hour and a half for my appointment yesterday, and it was well worth it. Today I received the text message first thing in the morning about setting up my surgery. I was texting with Regina who is also amazing and answered any question that I had. I was able to set up my surgery date with ease. Even down to the receptionist, who was super bubbly, and just had a great personality. The building an office itself was just good. Clean and friendly and welcoming. I trust that Dr. Undavia won’t disappoint when I have my surgery in December. Great experience!

Jennifer H

I traveled from Toms River, NJ to Marlton based on the excellent reviews for Dr. Reddy. Location, wait time, the office, his assistant and his attention to my issues exceeded my expectations. I didn’t feel rushed and he thoroughly explained everything regarding treatment options. I highly recommend him for all your ENT needs.

Crystal A

Dr Gregory Smith is a great doctor. He performed surgery on me 18 months ago and this follow up showed great results. I recommend him to anyone needed ENT help.

Martin M

I couldn’t be more thrilled with Dr. Undavia. When I first came to the office I had ruptured my ear drum. I was under another Doctor’s care and after 1 month I was no better and in so much pain. Dr. Undavia was recommended by a friend. After just 2 weeks my condition improved tremendously. I would highly recommend Dr. Undavia to anyone looking for an ENT. He is caring and kind and so is his nurse. Thank you Dr. Undavia

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