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During a radio interview, the stated that:
"I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it. I landed wrong, and it burst my eardrum so I have to go and get a graft, which means I'm not allowed to fly for a while, so it's kind of good, it means I have to stay at home." [Link]What likely happened is he probably hit the water ear first causing sudden pressure to get transmitted to the eardrum. When the eardrum experiences a sudden pressure change, it induces a stretch which if severe enough can cause it to pop like a balloon with too much air.
There are other ways patients can suffer a similar traumatic ruptured eardrum including:
• Getting hand-slapped over the ear
• Hearing a sudden very loud sound without protection (i.e., bomb explosion)
• Deep-water diving
Given Ed stated he will need a "graft" to repair the ruptured eardrum, the hole must be quite large. Usually small holes in the eardrum can heal on its own without any intervention. However, the larger the hole, the more likely surgery may be required to fix. Watch a video (below) on how a eardrum hole is fixed surgically using a graft.
Symptoms he may be experiencing due to this hole in the eardrum include:
• Pain if water gets into the ear
• Hearing loss
• Ear drainage
• Ear infections
Read more about perforated eardrums and how they can be repaired here.
Ed Sheeran Burst His Eardrum While Doing THIS & Now He Has To Get Surgery! PerezHilton.com 12/10/15