• Question: if you damage your eardrum with a cotton bud will it repair itself?

    Asked by officiallyperfect to Josh, Serena, Simone, Stuart on 26 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Stuart Archer

      Stuart Archer answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      Most damage to the eardrum is automatically repaired within a couple of months (even if you made a hole in it!) I had a friend at school who did exactly that, and he recovered fine! In really rare cases it might be necessary to surgically repair the eardrum (by placing a little flap of skin over it) – this is more common in folk who’ve had their eardrum damaged by something like an explosion!