Tympanometry is a procedure that helps doctors in diagnosing and monitoring problems associated with the middle ear, especially those disorders that can cause hearing loss, and particularly in children.
Tympanometry test measures the movement of the tympanic membrane (a thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear) in response to changes in pressure. The results are recorded on a graph called a tympanogram.
The test can help the doctor determine if you have:
- A middle ear infection such as otitis media
- Fluid in the middle ear
- A tympanic membrane tear or perforation
- An issue with the eustachian tube (which links the upper parts of the nose and throat with the middle ear)
Getting tested early using the right diagnostic tool and by qualified audiologists has a tremendous positive impact on your response to treatment.