What Is Tympanometry?

Tympanometry provides a way, along with a physical exam, for
doctors to diagnose and monitor problems in the middle ear. The middle ear is
located behind the tympanic membrane (eardrum).

Tympanometry can help diagnose disorders that can lead to
hearing loss, especially in children. The test measures the movement of your
tympanic membrane in response to changes in pressure. The tympanic membrane is
a thin tissue that separates the middle and outer ear segments. The results of
a tympanometry are recorded on a graph called a tympanogram.

The test can tell your doctor if you have:
  1. Fluid In Your Middle Ear
  2. Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection)
  3. A Perforation (Tear) In The Eardrum
  4. A Problem With The Eustachian Tube (The Tube
    That Links The Upper Part Of The Throat And Nose With The Middle Ear)
Your child’s Audiologist may perform tympanometry
every few weeks for several months to chronicle how much fluid they have in
their middle ear over time.

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