What sort of injuries can damage the middle ear?
You can injure your ear in several ways, including:
- A severe blow to the side of the head
- Damage from something being pushed too far into the ear canal
- Exposure to sudden changes in pressure, for example, when diving or occasionally when flying. This can lead to ear injuries known as barotrauma
Two main things can happen when the middle ear is injured - your eardrum may perforate or you may damage the ossicles.