Ear Trauma Outline
- Hearing loss
- Ear pain
Most commonly seen after head trauma involving the back or side of the head. Seen in bicycle and automobile accidents
- Blood behind the ear drum, may be a black color (hemotympanum)
- Hole in the ear drum
- Blood in the ear canal
With fractures of the base of skull, one may see blood coming from the ear and a bruise behind the ear (Battle’s sign).
- Neurosensory hearing loss
- NEVER DO TYMPANOMETRY (the pressure may cause damage)
- Conductive hearing loss
- Skull X-rays and/or CT Scan
- Bed rest
- NO WATER IN THE EAR
Treatment depends on the severity of the injury.
Depends on the extent of the injury, if symptoms such as those mentioned above are present the patient should be seen by a doctor.
Wear seat belts, stay off of motorcycles.