When to Seek Medical Care After Noise Trauma

Otologists from the Mass. Eye and Ear offer the following advice. People who were near or in the area of the blast during the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon should seek medical attention if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Bloody or other drainage from the ear(s)
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Facial drooping or weakness

These symptoms could indicate a small hole in the eardrum (tympanic membrane perforation) or other types of injuries that would warrant further evaluation, including a hearing test to determine the type/extent of injuries and determine appropriate treatment.

Patients should be seen by a medical professional for further evaluation within two days if symptoms continue.  Mass. Eye and Ear's emergency department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for walk-in patients.