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.