December 11, 2015

Singer Ed Sheeran Suffers Traumatic Eardrum Rupture

Image from Wikipedia by Eva Rinaldi
Singer Ed Sheeran revealed that he traumatically ruptured his eardrum while vacationing in Spain earlier in 2015. He also revealed he will undergo surgery to fix this problem in early 2016.

During a radio interview, the stated that:
"I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it. I landed wrong, and it burst my eardrum so I have to go and get a graft, which means I'm not allowed to fly for a while, so it's kind of good, it means I have to stay at home." [Link]
What likely happened is he probably hit the water ear first causing sudden pressure to get transmitted to the eardrum. When the eardrum experiences a sudden pressure change, it induces a stretch which if severe enough can cause it to pop like a balloon with too much air.

There are other ways patients can suffer a similar traumatic ruptured eardrum including:

• Getting hand-slapped over the ear
• Hearing a sudden very loud sound without protection (i.e., bomb explosion)
• Deep-water diving

Given Ed stated he will need a "graft" to repair the ruptured eardrum, the hole must be quite large. Usually small holes in the eardrum can heal on its own without any intervention. However, the larger the hole, the more likely surgery may be required to fix. Watch a video (below) on how a eardrum hole is fixed surgically using a graft.

Symptoms he may be experiencing due to this hole in the eardrum include:

• Pain if water gets into the ear
Hearing loss
Ear drainage
Ear infections

Read more about perforated eardrums and how they can be repaired here.

Ed Sheeran Burst His Eardrum While Doing THIS & Now He Has To Get Surgery! 12/10/15

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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