The real doctor told me that I have an angry ear. Yup, that's the diagnosis. Well, actually, the diagnosis of a perforated eardrum hasn't changed, but I learned that it could just be a tiny slit and not necessarily a hole. Also, right now there is no need to see a specialist. With the antibiotics and drops, the infection should clear up in a day or two and my hearing should return in about a week or so... huh?
I've got a follow-up in two weeks to make sure my angry ear hasn't waged war on my brain or the rest of my body.