Ear Pain & Injuries

Injuries to the ear include Cauliflower ear which is a swelling or deformity due to impact and is common in contact sports such as Rugby. If you have an ear injury, particularly one which has affected your hearing it is important to seek medical attention. Other ear conditions include Swimmers ear, Earwax, Glue ear and a Perforated eardrum.

An overview of sports injuries affecting the ear or causing ear pain.

Cauliflower Ear

Cauliflower ear is also known as hematoma auris. It is a deformity of the outer ear caused by repetitive friction or impact. It is common in contact sports that do not use head protection.

Ear Wax

Ear wax which is medically termed impacted cerumen is a build up of wax in the auditory canal. This can cause discomfort and affected hearing and is most common in children and older people.

Glue Ear

Glue ear is a childhood condition which can cause some loss of hearing. It affects the middle ear and there are usually no external symptoms.

Swimmers Ear

Swimmer’s ear or otitis externa is an infection of the skin which lines the ear canal. This is common in swimmers and can be either a bacterial or a fungal infection.

Perforated Eardrum

A perforated or burst eardrum is a tear of the eardrum in the inner ear. This is uncomfortable but usually heals on its own within a few weeks. It may be caused by an impact, loud noise or infection.