Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ear Injury Underlying Cause

Underlying causes for ear injury include:

  • Injuries to the outer ear are usually caused by objects that strike the ear.
  • Ear canal and eardrum injuries are usually caused by sharp objects that are inserted into the ear canal.
  • Injuries to the inner ear are usually caused by changes in pressure between the inner ear and the outer ear.

Causes of pressure changes include:
  • Flying
  • Mountain climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Slapping the ear
  • Very loud noises

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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