Help and frequently asked questions

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.