A perforated eardrum is a hole or tear in the eardrum. It can be uncomfortable, but usually heals on its own without treatment within two months.
The eardrum, also known as the tympanic membrane, is a thin layer of tissue that separates the outer ear from the middle ear.
If you have a perforated eardrum, your hearing is likely to be affected and you will have earache. Any hearing loss is usually temporary.
There are several possible causes of a perforated eardrum, the most common being an infection of the middle ear. It can also be caused by a loud noise or injury to the ear.