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Ruptured Eardrum Causes & Risks


Eardrums may rupture from a variety of causes, including:

  • Puncture from use of a Q-tip or other device inserted in the ear canal
  • Damage to the ear, such as being slapped or hit
  • Pressure building up inside the middle ear (eg, scuba diving)
  • Ear infections

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. The following factors increase your chance of rupturing an eardrum:

  • Scuba diving
  • Having an ear infection
  • Receiving an injury to the ear
  • Inserting objects in the ear

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