Decrease in word recognition after eardrum perforation

Punctured my right eardrum at work in April. It’s healed up, so I had a hearing test to see if it resulted in a change.

Word recognition dropped to 72% at 85db. Last test was 96% at 80db. There was no significant change in puretone hearing in either ear.

My left ear is 96% at 80db, and has not changed.

Is this something that is expected with a perforation, or is it unusual? I have definitely noticed greater difficulty in understanding speech.


I am NOT a doc or audi!
Let’s approach this from common sense. You now have scar tissue on your drum. This means it will respond differently to any stimuli.
You have had 5 to 6 months healing.

You will probably need correction.