ruptured eardrum experience and recovery?
Doh! I was out creeking today and managed to hit my head pretty hard on a rock, right flat on my ear. Sure am glad I got rid of that old Pro-Tec helmet that had ear protection....oh well. So it hurt for a while and I thought it was done, but I had to carry the boat through some trees and managed to get a lot of big spiders on me before I got the boat back in the water. Then I decided to roll and leave the spiders behind. It worked, I rolled up and there were a couple big spiders on the water, and I thought: "Hell. Why not roll again." So I did. I just stayed under a while making sure all the spiders got rinsed off but then the water found it's way into my earhole and man, that hurt in a deep and intimate and lasting way. Now I can't hear and there's tinnitis in that ear and altitude change isn't much fun either. And it's the weekend and no ready E-E-N-T doctors around.
Is this gonna screw up my kayaking season? Have to keep it dry all summer? Is this gonna screw up my hearing forever?
Alcohol in my ear hurts more tonight than it usually hurts the next day when I just drink it, too.