Tympanic membrane (TM) perforation
A hole in the eardrum is called a tympanic membrane (TM) perforation. If your child has a TM perforation, they still may get ear infections. The infection will look different. You should see drainage coming out of their ear(s). It will be a liquid that looks like mucus or yellow/green pus. It can have some blood mixed in with it. It can also smell bad.