Can a Slap Cause Hearing Damage?

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    1. Hariz Nonis
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      Hariz Nonis Member

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      As the title implies, can a slap cause any form of damage to our ears?
       
    2. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

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      02/2014
      Regular slap? No it can't.

      If someone slaps you directly on the ear(s) though, it definitely can cause permanent damage!
       
    3. Hariz Nonis
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      Hariz Nonis Member

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      09/2015
      Well I got slapped yesterday (won't say why) and the person's palm landed on my face while his fingers landed on my ear, around the ear lobe erea. I should be fine, right? I don't feel anything different right now, just hope it doesn't change some time later
       
    4. Moosejacob

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      I got slapped in the face on a few occasions by my mother before as a child. I'm 23 now. These were big slaps across the face that would cause ringing and decreased hearing in the ear. It went away after an hour or so and my ears are fine.
       
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    5. Hariz Nonis
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    6. John G

      John G Member

      When I was a kid. I was with my brother one day and he started verbally harassing a kid he knew. Out of nowhere,the kids big brother ran around the corner and chased us. Big brother caught up to me and he openhanded me hard and hit my left ear. Wow did that hurt and my ears started to ring for a while,then eventually faded away. Hmmm makes me think thats why I have T now. My left ear is the one that rings the highest(the same ear that the guy hit)

      So many possibilities as to what can cause T
       
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    7. I who love music
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      I who love music Member

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      You'll probably be OK.
      I've taken a few swats to the head. And a few on the ear but the T settled down.
       
    8. Jonathan gang

      Jonathan gang Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/25/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hit in ear by hand
      Can someone answer questions for me i got slapped on my ear by gf really hard and it caused ringing for a hour or so and hurt badly then for 2 days after the slap couldnt hear then my hearing came back to normal.then i started hearing a buzzing noise in the ear that got hit and i hear it all day when its quiet or silent. went to doctor and doctor said that i didnt have a infection or hole in eardrum that i have dry blood so what does that mean? When will my ear heal when will buzzing go away? And what did he mean hy saying blood is in my ear.
       
    9. Vinnitus
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      Amsterdam
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      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Girlfriends appear hazardous for the ears in many ways.

      In theory a direct slap on the ear can cause an airwave triggering the tympanic membrane, the stapes and consequently cause inner ear damage due to the force of the wave. The bleeding indicates your eardrum might have ruptured, which might be the sole cause for your Tinnitus (it might have healed meanwhile as it is usually quick to heal). It is hard to say anything for sure though. If you are overly worried, you can ask an ENT to still go on prednisolone in an attempt to minimise any damage that might have occurred to the inner ear. It is best administered in the first 48 hours, but it might still be helpful in your current situation.
       
    10. Tyler Montgomery
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      Tyler Montgomery Member

      Location:
      Kentucky
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/12/15
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Perforated eardrum from hard blow to the head.
      Yes, it can cause permanent hearing damage. I was slapped in the ear by my mentally unstable ex while I was turned away and not paying attention. The slap caused a large rupture in my eardrum. That was well over a year ago and I still have tinnitus and hearing loss at high frequencies.
       
    11. Samir
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      Samir Member

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      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music, Accoustic shock, Stress, TTTS, who knows?...
      That ringing is what we call tinnitus. But that kind of tinnitus usually wears off on its own once the ear has healed and the auditory system has calmed down. The pain may indicate an injury, like eardrum perforation.

      I'm not a medical doctor but this seems like it could have been raptured eardrum. Without a working eardrum you can barely hear anything. But a raptured eardrum usually heals on its own. It depends on the severity of the rapture. It may need immediate medical attention. It seems like yours has healed after 2 days.

      That buzzing is tinnitus as well. Tinnitus can manifest itself in many ways. Basically any kind of sound you hear without an immediate external sound source is tinnitus. It seems like yours is a minor or mild tinnitus. This may stop once the auditory system has calmed down if you give it time.

      No infection? No eardrum perforation (hole)? But yet you have dry blood? Dry blood?... what does that mean? If there are traces of dried out blood in your ear it may indicate you had perforated eardrum which has healed on its own. When did you see the doctor? Right after the injury or after those 2 days of healing?

      It seems like your eardrum has already healed. Assuming you had a perforated eardrum! If you give it some more time the tinnitus sound may go away on its own. Then there is also the possibility that it may not go away, if the injury is sever enough.

      As stated above, it may indicate that your eardrum was perforated and it has healed on its own.

      What kind of doctor did you see? I would recommend that you go see an ENT ear specialist. You should also do a hearing test. It may seem like you have "normal" hearing now, but it may not be as normal as you think. Just to be on the safe side, do all the necessary checkups.
       
    12. Jonathan gang

      Jonathan gang Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/25/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hit in ear by hand
      I saw a regualr doc on Thursday and he said no sign of infection or ruptured ear drum i can still hear the buzzing noise every once in a while. So if it was dry blood then i did have a ruptured ear drum? Or do? I am kinda waiting it out i dont feel pain or fullness in the ear.maybe I give it another week or 2 and maybe buzzing will go away maybe when my auditory system is calm not sure how long that takes? Could i have fluid behind the ear my doc didnt tell me . he said i have dry blood i was hit enogh to were i technically got a bruise in my ear and that it should heal fine Thankyou everyone for you feed back
       
    13. Jonathan gang

      Jonathan gang Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/25/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hit in ear by hand
      If i didn't mention this slap to my ear happend the 29th of December i only felt pain for the time i was slapped and heard the ringing from the time i got hit then the next two days my hearing was muffled then came back to normal and could hear better so i let it be till last Thursday when i went to the doc and he told me this.i didnt get any fluid or blood leaking out at all but like 4 days after that hit i started experiencing the tinnitus the buzzing im my ear i was hit in . and still hear it now.if it was a hole in my eardrum and it healed how much longer till the buzzing should go away?
       
    14. racerfish
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      racerfish Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / T worsened with antiobiotics
      I was hit in the side of my head by accident by another person (complicated story). I had a spike in my T almost immediately. After about four days it went back down to its normal base level.

      For ear issues, I always think it's best to see an ENT or an otologist who only deals with ears if you can.
       

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