Tympanometry along with examining the ear helps doctors to diagnose and monitor problems in the middle ear (located behind the ear drum). It measures the movement of your ear drum in response to changes in pressure.
The test helps to determine if you have:
Tympanometry may be conducted often to confirm how much fluid builds up in the middle ear over time.
You can’t move, speak, or swallow as it will create in an inaccurate result. However it only takes a minute or two for both ears so it’ll be over before you know it!
Next, they’ll place a probe-type device into the canal, this can often be slightly uncomfortable and loud during the measuring process.
Lastly, the air pressure in your ear will be manipulated to make the eardrum move back and forth. Measurements of the movement of your eardrum are recorded in a tympanogram.
Ensure you visit the Ear Cleaning Clinic to have the excess wax removed from your ears to allow for an accurate test result.
This may also eliminate other external issues such as:
Having the ears suctioned is far more effective than syringing (water method) as it is extremely through and gentle. The nurse has a clear view into the ear canal; therefore she can remove all of the ear wax and debris, they can also examine your ear canal to help diagnose the abnormal ear condition.
Overall, in most cases an abnormal tympanogram is die to fluid in the middle ear.
If your test results are persistently abnormal, or it is suspected that something other than fluid is behind the tympanic membrane, you may be referred to an ENT ear specialist at Gold Coast for further testing and analysis.