During the examination, the doctor will use an instrument called anotoscope to assess the ear’s condition. With the anotoscope, the doctor will check for redness in the ear and/or fluid behind the eardrum. With the gentle use of air pressure, the doctor can also see if the eardrum moves. If the eardrum doesn’t move and/or is red, an ear infection is probably present. Two other tests may be performed for more information:
- An audiogram tests if hearing loss has occurred by presenting tones at various pitches.
- A tympanogram measures the air pressure in the middle ear to see how well the Eustachian tube is working and how well the eardrum can move.