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Ear Examination

Below is a summary of the steps conducted during an examination of the ear.

  • Inspection of pinna and its surrounds bilaterally (check behind the ear for scars, swellings etc)

  • Palpate pinna, mastoid and tragus bilaterally

  • Inspect external auditory canal bilaterally

  • Examine external auditory canal and tympanic membrane with safe auriscope technique bilaterally

  • Test approximate hearing bilaterally [e.g. whispering numbers]

  • Perform Rinne's test bilaterally

  • Perform Weber's test

  • Thank the patient

Video of an otological  exam

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