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Perforated Eardrum (cont.)

Exams and Tests

The doctor can diagnose eardrum rupture by taking a history and looking in the patient's ear with an otoscope - a special magnifier with a light.

  • Occasionally, very small holes can be difficult to identify and may require further testing.
  • Tympanogram - A test that uses a short burst of air against the eardrum
  • Audiogram - A hearing test
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

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