Ear bleeding

Ear bleeding involves drainage that includes blood. It is important to note that the discharge might be a combination of wax, pus, blood and fluid. Even though there are other causes, the usual cause is a perforated or ruptured eardrum.

The ear is divided into 3 areas – outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Hearing occurs if the sound waves move through the outer ear and into the middle ear which causes vibration of the eardrum and ossicles. These vibrations are transmitted via the inner ear and converted into electrical impulses and translated by the brain as sound.

Other symptoms that might occur with ear bleeding

Depending on the underlying cause of ear bleeding, other symptoms might be present such as the following:

  • Earache
  • Buzzing in the ear
  • Fever
    Ear bleeding

    Ear bleeding is typically caused by a ruptured eardrum from a middle ear infection.

  • Facial weakness
  • Headache
  • Hearing loss

What are the causes?

Ear bleeding is typically caused by a ruptured eardrum from a middle ear infection. Nevertheless, the bleeding might also be due to head trauma or the ear itself as well as other serious conditions.

Causes of a ruptured eardrum

  • Ear infection
  • Abrupt changes in altitude
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Foreign object that pierces the eardrum

What are the serious causes?

In some instances, ear bleeding might be an indication of a serious or life-threatening condition that requires immediate assessment such as:

  • Head trauma such as a blow to the head
  • Cancer of the middle ear or ear canal
  • Trauma to the ear canal or middle ear from a direct strike or foreign object

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on ear bleeding is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to manage ear injuries or conditions that cause ear bleeding, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Surrey, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.


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