Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ear Pain after Injury Evaluation

The evaluation of an ear injury is based on a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with an ear injury may include:

  • In some cases, the eardrum cannot be seen due to swelling or bleeding.
  • Eardrum:
    • Normal eardrum
    • Perforated eardrum
  • Swelling of the external ear
    • Common with blunt injuries to the external ear

Tests that may be used to evaluate ear injury include:
  • Audiometry (hearing tests)
  • Tympanometry:
    • Tests if the eardrum is functioning correctly. During this test the doctor will insert a probe into the patient's ear to create an airtight seal. The probe measures the movement of the eardrum in response to fluctuations in air pressure similar to sound waves.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ear Pain after Injury References
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