What is a ruptured ear drum? How does this happen? Why is there scar tissue? What is this annoying HISSING sound and muffled sound. And how long does this take to fix? For close to a month my ear feels like it collapsed on the inside. Hearing is a little more challenging and I have water running out of that ear all the time. It's annoying. I've tried to chew gum to pop it - nothing. Occasionally I'll have moments of audio clarity, then back to muffled. I have a bad ear infection, and sinus infection. It's allergy seaon here - pine pollen dusts EVERYTHING yellow - but I woke up this morning with a stuffed nose on one side, and swollen throat and sore ears. Don't preach - but I took 2 of the dogs antibiotics, gargled with salt water, drank an alka-seltzer cold and went back to bed. Not really slept all night long - but called the doctor and went in. She said I have to come back in 11 days after antibiotics and antihistamines for a hearing test as my ears are SO congested. SO? In one night? WOW. Then says - possible ruptured ear drum, but can't tell with the congestion. Is this bad or something? I'm not freaking - but left feeling kinda out in right field. Thanks and yes -- horse apples feel and look better than I do today. Ugh. AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO ITCH MY EARS.