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Middle Ear Testing

Tympanometry is a diagnostic test used to assess the condition of the middle ear and the mobility of the eardrum (tympanic membrane) in response to changes in air pressure. It is performed  to gather information about the health and function of the middle ear, which includes the eardrum and the three small bones (ossicles) that transmit sound vibrations to the inner ear.

Tympanometry involves the use of a device that generates varying levels of air pressure within the ear canal while measuring the resulting movement of the eardrum. This test provides valuable insight for further patient management and referral, as it assesses:

Symptoms of Middle Ear Dysfunction

Middle ear dysfunction can lead to a variety of symptoms due to its role in transmitting sound from the outer ear to the inner ear. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to more severe hearing issues. Here are some common symptoms of middle ear dysfunction:

Hearing Loss


Sensitivity to loud sounds

Ear Fullness or Pressure

Dizziness/ Vertigo

Feeling of being under-water


Feeling Off-Balance

Difficulty localising sounds 

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