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Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-19-2006, 3:24 PM Reply   
Well, I fell trying a hs fs 3 yesterday(almost made it!) and slightly perforated my left eardrum. I went to the doctor today and got some drops. Apparently it's mild, so I could be healed in a matter of 5-7 days, but it's still a bummer. Of course this pales in comparison to the femur injuries on the board!!

So has anyone suffered this same injury? What was your treatment and recovery time? How long were you off the water?
Old    Manny (mrm2083)      Join Date: Nov 2005       05-19-2006, 4:17 PM Reply   
Happened to me on my right ear. I should be able to start riding on monday. Took 3 weeks to heal.
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-19-2006, 4:39 PM Reply   
Manny - did the doc recommend any drops or any outside treatment (other than time)?
Old    debsxstar            05-19-2006, 4:44 PM Reply   
I was told wearing a helment could prevent this injury.
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-19-2006, 5:06 PM Reply   
hahhah - funny one Debbie. Hey, what's a "helment" anyways?!? lol

Yeah, helmets with earflaps do help, although I've heard of folks with this injury even while wearing a helmet with flaps. Helmets aren't my thing though.
Old    Manny (mrm2083)      Join Date: Nov 2005       05-19-2006, 5:56 PM Reply   
he gave me some drops, ciprodex, and antibiotics.
Old    Josh (yeah_bud)      Join Date: Jun 2003       05-20-2006, 8:01 AM Reply   
I busted my eardrum and it wouldn’t heal. It continued to bust every time my head went under water. I had to have a patch of skin taken from the back of my ear and patch the whole. Unfortunately the first patch shifted, missing the whole, so we had to do the process over again. I was out of the water for about 5 months.

(So let it heal before pushing it)

Oh yeah, after the first surgery that didn't work, my brilliant doctor thought that it was patched so he poured alcohol into my ear. The Alcohol went straight through the whole and hurt incredibly worse than a busted eardrum ever thought about. I liked to have broken the arms off of his chair and lost my cookies in his office. (Lesson two don't clean your ear with alcohol if you suspect a punctured ear drum.)
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-20-2006, 10:54 AM Reply   
Yeah I made that mistake myself, Josh. I didn't think I damaged the eardrum at first, so I got some swimmer's ear drops, which are 95% alcohol. Not a good feeling.
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-20-2006, 11:12 AM Reply   
Manny and Josh - when did your earing start to go back to normal? The high pitched squeal in my left ear is really starting to get annoying!
Old     (will5150)      Join Date: Oct 2002       05-20-2006, 1:10 PM Reply   
Helmet People= The ear flaps will save you.
Old    Patrick (jetskiprosx)      Join Date: Aug 2004       05-20-2006, 1:24 PM Reply   
It happened to me and it was really painful. I ruptured the eardrum, and because of the lake I was in it got infected. The inflamation was so bad that the doc couldn't get medicine in the ear for a few days and I lost all hearing in that ear for a few weeks. It took over a month to heal all the way up, but to this day I still can't hear low sounds (sub woofers) very loud in that ear. I ruptured it about a year later on a really soft fall and the pain wasn't nearly as bad the second time through...but my ear is so weak I always wear a helmet with ear flaps now!
Old    SoCal MOB (rnopr8)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-20-2006, 10:24 PM Reply   
wear ear plugs. The best ones are the plyable silicone type. They will keep water from going through the hole into the middle ear AND if you don't have ear problems they will help prevent eardrum rupture. Helmets help too but both plugs and helmets are the best thing.
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-21-2006, 3:40 PM Reply   
Yeah I was checking out proplugs.com and they recommend vented plugs for watersports to prevent rupture due to water trauma. I'll have them in a couple of days so I'll post on what they're all about...
Old    Manny (mrm2083)      Join Date: Nov 2005       05-21-2006, 4:04 PM Reply   
david - i think it took about a week to get all my hearing back.
I ordered proplugs but i cant get them to fit perfectly anyone got any tips on puting them on and how they should fit?
Old    Jeff Schwartz (jschwart73)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-21-2006, 5:18 PM Reply   
Swimmers earplugs, they seal completely. I had a badly perforated eardrum once, I was back on the water a couple of weeks later with those in there.
Old    Peter Sharp (gobigorgohome)      Join Date: Aug 2005       05-21-2006, 7:13 PM Reply   
I took a couple of falls yesterday (forgot my helmet ) and got a load of water in my ear. Just spent 4 hrs in a hospital in Phoenix for them to tell me that I may have ruptured me ear drum but definitely have an infection of outer & inner ear.

Needless to say the doc recommended earplugs...
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-21-2006, 9:21 PM Reply   
Manny - the only advice I have for you is to print up the proplugs sizing sheet. It's a pdf file on their site, and you print it out and size up the plugs for your ear size. I'm hoping I get it right...

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