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The Eardrum Defense


 During the next few minutes we are going to look into the ears on the human head. We will learn a quick and simple way to cause great pain, while at the same time, disorientate your attacker. You are going to learn how to give an attacker a ruptured eardrum.

First, letís take a look at a drawing that shows the outer, middle and inner ear. You need to do this, so you can fully understand what you are about to learn to do.

Take note of the outer part of the ear (the part you can see sticking out of both sides of your head). Also notice the tunnel-like tube that leads to the eardrum.

Click on the link below. Take a quick look, then close the window that opens and continue here. Do it now:

The Eardrum

The human ear is quite complex isnít it?

Now, letís do a little "plastic wrap popping experiment," so you can farther understand what you will learn to do.

Plastic wrap popping experiment

Get a piece of glad wrap (the thin plastic used to wrap sandwiches) or really thin plastic. Next, with your left hand, give me the "OK" sign to let me know that you are keeping up.


While you have got your hand in the OK sign position, tightly place your piece of wrap over the hole that your thumb and pointer finger form. What I want you to do now is hit your "OK" hand with your "open right hand" on top of the plastic.

The part of your hand to hit the glad wrap with, is right in the middle of your palm.

Youíve done it right when you hear a CRACK/POP noise. Try it now!

The plastic wrap popping experiment will help you to understand which part of your hand works best, and how much force is needed to do what you are about to learn. But firstÖ

The damage you will do

Take a look at the following website. It has a photo of an eardrum which has a hole in it - a ruptured eardrum (be warned, itís a little yucky). The hole is also known as a perforation:

Photo of a ruptured eardrum

What you could see was what will happen to your attackerís eardrum when you perform the following eardrum rupturing technique.

As almost always, it is vitally important to do this move quickly and smoothly, so you donít get caught in the act.

How to give an attacker a ruptured eardrum

Start with your hands down beside you (just hanging there).

Next, with great speed and with both arms at once, swing them out slightly, and up more so. Your target is to be both sides of your attackerís head. Connect directly on both ears and at exactly the same time.

As you do this, you should be picturing the plastic wrap experiment that we just did. Remember which part of your palm worked best and how much force was needed to do the job.

You can practice the connecting part on yourself. BUT only do it if you can do so gently, very carefully, and at your own risk!

Important tip

Be very sure that when your hands hit the attackerís ears, BOTH of your arms are slightly bent at the elbow. This is very important! If you donít bend at the elbows you will more than likely LOCK the elbow joints, which hurts a lot.

Find a post or a pole that is about the same width as a human head. Practice this technique AND the timing of it!

Doing this eardrum rupture technique on your attacker should cause great pain, a stunned-like disorientation, and a bit of blood may come out of his ears. The disorientation and pain should give you some time to leave the sceneÖ use the time wisely!

ALWAYS be ready to follow one technique with a second or more. No technique will work perfectly all of the time! Be ready!


Well, that was fun! We learned how complicated the human ear is. We saw a picture of a ruptured eardrum. We did a little experiment and learned how to give an attacker a ruptured eardrum.

By the way, a ruptured eardrum should heal on its own, in under two months. If it doesnít heal, an operation can be performed these days to help it along.

A special thanks to Self-Defense Now for allowing us to use the above article! The Self-Defense Now website has all kinds of practical tips and techniques on self-defense. The Self-Defense Now website can be found by following this link: