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Ruptured Eardrum

Ruptured Eardrum | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The diagnosis of a ruptured eardrum starts with a medical history and physical examination. Most holes in the eardrum can be seen during an examination with an otoscope. An otoscope is a lighted microscope with an air pump that is specially designed for the ear.

The healthcare provider may direct a small amount of air into the ear with the otoscope. When there is a hole in the eardrum, the air will not make the eardrum move.

For very small holes, a tympanogram may be useful. A tympanogram measures eardrum movement and ear canal volume.

A hearing test can measure the degree of the hearing impairment. A hearing test can show if there has been damage to the nerve portion of hearing.

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Author: Mark Loury, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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