Hole in the Eardrum

Hole in the ear drum (Tympanic membrane perforation)

What is a Tympanic membrane perforation?

The ear drum also protects the middle and inner ear from potential danger from the environment by forming a physical barrier.


The two most common cause of ear drum perforation (Figure 1) are infections and trauma. Most of the time, traumatic perforation will heal on its own in 1 to 2 months. In cases of persistent ear drum perforation, patients may consider having it patched up in a surgery called myringoplasty.

When Should You See an ENT Specialist in Singapore?

  • Any ear, nose or throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned about
  • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

Dr Gan provides a comprehensive management in a broad array of Ear, Nose and Throat as well as Head & Neck conditions. He has a special interest in treating various nose and sinus conditions including snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

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