Tympanometry provides a way for audiologists to diagnose and monitor problems of 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 eardrum in response to changes in pressure.
Tympanometry is performed with the assistance of a flexible rubber tip that is placed in the ear canal. The probe will cause the air pressure within your ear canal to change as you hear some low-pitched tones. While the pressure is changing, measurements of your eardrum’s movement will be taken and recorded. This test is absolutely pain free and causes no discomfort.
The results of tympanometry are recorded on a graph called a tympanogram, and will provide your audiologist with the following information:
- Whether or not fluid is present in the middle ear
- Diagnosis of Otitis Media (middle ear infection)
- Diagnosis of an eardrum perforation (tear)
- A problem with the Eustachian tube (the tube linking the upper part of the throat and nose with the middle ear)”