Published: Feb. 15, 2010
Updated: Feb. 15, 2010
A hole in the eardrum (tympanic membrane perforation) can be caused by acute or chronic ear infections, Eustachian tube dysfunction, trauma or prior surgery.
Tympanic membrane perforations can cause infections, hearing loss or the development of a skin cyst called a cholesteatoma. Perforations can occur in children and adults.
Our ear doctors, David Kaylie, MD, and Debara Tucci, MD, are experts at diagnosing and repairing tympanic membrane perforations in children and adults. They can perform a comprehensive exam including a hearing test.
The appropriate management will be determined, which may be observation to see if the hole improves on its own, or surgical repair.