What is a Tympanometry test?

Tympanometry is a test of middle ear function and not a test of hearing thresholds. Tympanometry provides a measure of the health of the eardrum and the middle ear space behind it. It records the compliance of the eardrum as air pressure is introduced into the ear canal. The test is performed by placing a soft rubber tip into the ear for a few seconds.

The results of the tympanogram can help the pediatrician or otolaryngologist to assess middle ear fluid, Eustachian tube dysfunction, tympanic membrane perforations, and whether ear tubes are open or blocked.

When is this test performed?

A tympanogram is usually performed during your child's visit for any audiological evaluation.