In this article, you will learn about the most important points surrounding tympanometry and its procedure. If you have any questions, please contact our hearing care professionals at Amplifon for an appointment. Additionally, if you are experiencing any hearing loss, we offer free online hearings tests to help determine whether your ability to hear is currently at a 100%.
Impedance audiometry is a type of hearing testing that uses objective methods. It includes several tests:
Tympanometry is used to diagnose all types of hearing loss, ranging from conductive (to detect ear infections), sensorineural (to identify abnormalities in the auditory nerve), cochlear (to examine how well the inner ear functions), and extracochlear (in which damage or problems with other parts of the body can cause hearing loss). Additionally, tympanometry can also be used to diagnose various forms of acoustic disorder such as otitis media, abnormalities of the stirrup reflex or obstruction of the auditory tube.
The results of a tympanogram show the degree to which sound is absorbed by the eardrum. In healthy patients, acoustic energy is mostly blocked and ignored by the ear drum, whereas in those with hearing loss it is instead reflected back towards them. When reading a tympanometric result, be aware of the shape of its curve.
Tympanometry tests can be performed at hospitals, audiology offices, and hearing care facilities such as clinics. After the test is completed, you will receive your results right away through one of our communication channels. The test takes only a few minutes to complete - please contact us for more information about availability or scheduling an appointment.