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Ear exam using an otoscope

Ear exam using an otoscope

Otoscope in ear canal, showing location of eardrum and middle ear and detail of eardrum seen through otoscope.

An ear exam can find problems in the ear canal, eardrum, and the middle ear. During an ear exam, a tool called an otoscope is used to look at the outer ear canal and eardrum. The otoscope has a light, a magnifying lens, and a funnel-shaped viewing piece with a narrow, pointed end called a speculum.

Current as of: September 27, 2023

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