Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Earache Evaluation

The evaluation of ear pain begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with ear pain may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate ear pain include:
  • Audiometry
  • Cultures of fluid from the middle ear
  • Complete blood count
  • Tympanocentesis:
    • Surgery to drain the middle ear
  • Tympanometry:
    • Tests the movement of the eardrum

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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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