I have a bad ear infection right now and my ear is bubbling and the ER doctor told me that there is so much pressure behind the eardrum that it may go ahead and pop or bust one night we'll i'm sleeping. He said that it will not affect my ear and will actually make my ear feel a lot better. I always thought that if you busted or it popped that you lost hearing is that true? And if you've had a real bad ear infection like mine did yours ever pop/bust? Thanks for the help.