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Pain in the Ear after Injury Evaluation
- In some cases, the eardrum cannot be seen due to swelling or bleeding.
- 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)
- 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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PubMed Pain in the Ear after Injury References
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- Rozsasi A, Sigg O, Keck T. Persistent inner ear injury after diving. Otol Neurotol. 2003 Mar;24(2):195-200. 
- Steele BD, Brennan PO. A prospective survey of patients with presumed accidental ear injury presenting to a paediatric accident and emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2002 May;19(3):226-8.