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Sudden changes in pressure, as from an explosion, blow to the head, flying, scuba diving, falling while water skiing, or being slapped on the head or ear.
If the object is sticking out and easy to remove, gently remove it by hand or with tweezers. If you think a small object may be lodged within the ear, but you cannot see it, DO NOT reach inside the ear canal with tweezers. Turn the person's head so that the affected side is up, and wait to see if the insect flies or crawls out. Cover the injury with a sterile dressing shaped to the contour of the ear, and tape it loosely in place.
Cover the outside of the ear with a sterile dressing shaped to the contour of the ear, and tape it loosely in place. If you tend to feel pain and pressure when flying, drink a lot of fluid before and during the flight. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. September 12, 2010 by admin A ruptured eardrum is a tear or a hole in your eardrum (tympanic membrane), the thin membrane that separates your ear canal from your middle ear. Damage to the eardrum can occur from acoustic trauma such as direct injury or barotrauma (pressure-induced damage). The eardrum also acts as a barrier to keep outside material, such as bacteria, from entering your middle ear. AUGUSTA — A patient at Riverview Psychiatric Center has been charged with attacking three mental health workers in recent weeks, including hitting one so hard he ruptured her eardrum. Ismail Mohamed Awad, 25, who is from the Portland area, had an initial court hearing Friday via video from the Kennebec County jail on charges of aggravated assault and assault. In the complaint filed in Kennebec County Superior Court, Awad is accused of causing serious bodily injury to Rayanne Vigue, 43, of Augusta, at the hospital on Tuesday. At the hearing, Awad repeatedly begged Judge Valerie Stanfill at first to let him plead guilty and be freed on probation and later to place him in a mental institution.
He told the judge he had a mental illness and had spent time at various psychiatric hospitals, including Spring Harbor and Riverview in Maine and several years at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts, which handles forensic patients, those who are accused of a crime.
The three alleged attacks at Riverview involving Awad are the latest in a series of attacks on people who work at the hospital.
Charges remain pending against another man, Frank Stewart, who is accused of attacking a nurse with a chair in August, causing serious injuries to her face and eye.
The beleaguered state hospital lost its eligibility for federal funding, which supplied about $20 million a year, amid growing criticism of safety and operations there.

Assistant District Attorney David Spencer said Friday that Awad was placed at Riverview after being found incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case. An affidavit by Capitol Police Officer Jeffrey Belanger, which was filed in court in Augusta in connection with the assault charges, says the assaults were reported to the police on Tuesday by Riverview’s chief financial officer, David Lovejoy. Spencer said the jail has placed other inmates in the special mental health unit at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Stanfill appointed attorney Lisa Whittier to represent Awad on the assault charges and scheduled his next hearing for 10 a.m. Here at MaineToday Media we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. Note: feedback is for non-emergency questions and suggestions regarding patient services and website functionality. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or seek emergency medical help immediately. Did you know you can request an appointment directly with one of your doctors at My Health at Vanderbilt? These objects can be difficult to remove because the ear canal is a tube of solid bone that is lined with thin, sensitive skin. As you pour the oil, pull the ear lobe gently backward and upward for an adult, or backward and downward for a child. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. This membrane vibrates when sound waves strike it, starting the process of converting sound waves into nerve impulses that travel to your brain. Inserting cotton-tipped swabs or small objects into the ear to clean them sometimes causes a perforation of the eardrum. When your eardrum is ruptured, bacteria can more easily reach your middle ear and cause infection. This cured the infection; sometimes they obtained a bacterial culture of the pus to identify the germ involved.
However, antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection or to treat an existing infection.
She told police that she was standing at the nurse’s unit while coworker Vigue was doing rounds.

Corrections officers told the judge that the hearing room at the jail had to be emptied of other inmates before Awad could be brought in. 9, Justice Roland Cole in Portland found Awad incompetent to stand trial on four charges: two of theft, and one each of burglary and trafficking in cocaine. A ruptured eardrum (also called a perforated eardrum) interrupts the hearing process and may impair your hearing.
This practice, which fell by the wayside to such a degree that very few pediatricians have ever done the procedure, may be coming back into use again because of the dramatic rise in antibiotic resistance of common middle ear disease bacteria. Murphy first apologized and then attacked Jamie Hill-Spotswood, a mental health worker, beating her in the head and leaving her with a pen point embedded in her hand. He wore a white T-shirt rather than the usual orange or green jail uniform, and he was handcuffed during the hearing. He was escorted to the room by three guards, and one remained several feet behind him as Campbell advised Awad of his rights. Awad was placed in the custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Health & Human Services and sent to Riverview for restoration of competency. In many cases, a doctor will need to use special instruments to examine the ear and safely remove the object. AVOID using oil to remove any object other than an insect, since oil can cause other kinds of objects to swell.
Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. The court order says Awad would be held there for 30 days, and that deadline could be extended.
Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Hearing usually returns partially, and the ringing in your ear often diminishes in a few days. Your doctor may touch the edges of your eardrum with a chemical to stimulate growth and then place a thin paper patch on your eardrum. Your ear may need several applications of a patch (up to three or four) before the perforation closes completely.

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