PROFESSOR TONY WRIGHT, INSTITUTE OF LARYNGOLOGY & OTOLOGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROFESSOR TONY WRIGHT, INSTITUTE OF LARYNGOLOGY & OTOLOGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Perforated eardrum, the result of trauma from over-zealous use of a "cotton bud", a type of cotton swab on a short stick, in cleaning wax from the ear. The perforation is surrounded by fresh blood from a skin cut in the ear canal. Uncomplicated perforations of the eardrum tend to heal naturally over a period of one month. Any slight deafness is transient.
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