Tinnitus. This symptom can be one of the more irritating aspects of an eardrum injury, since it causes the patient to hear a constant sound, often described as ringing. This can make concentration and relaxation a lot harder during the recovery period. Sometimes instead of ringing people hear buzzing, tapping, or whistling, and sometimes the way the tinnitus sounds isn’t consistent. Tinnitus is a complex symptom that can be challenging to treat. Usually after a perforated eardrum, any tinnitus will fade as the injury heals. If the damage was caused by an object in the ear, it’s possible that the small structures inside the ear were damaged.