Tympanometry is a test of middle ear function. When you listen to sound, the sound waves first hit the tympanic membrane (your “eardrum”) and cause it to vibrate. That moves a small chain of bones that connects the ear drum to another membrane leading to the inner ear. However, if the pressure in your middle ear is not normal, or if something is wrong with your eardrum, that can cause the transmission of sound to stop or slow down.
During tympanometry, you’ll sit in a chair with the audiologist holding a probe in your ear. You’ll hear a sound and feel some pressure; the probe is changing the pressure in your ear canal and recording how your tympanic membrane responds.
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