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Hearing Sensitivity and Speech Understanding Diagnostics for Children

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's health history and symptoms. He or she will check your child's ear, nose, and throat.

Your child's healthcare provider will also check your child's ears with a lighted instrument that lets him or her see inside of your child’s ear (otoscope). Your child’s healthcare provider may use a special type of otoscope that blows a puff of air into the ear (pneumatic otoscope). This tests your child’s eardrum movement.

Your child may also need the following tests:

  • Tympanometry. This test checks for any pressure changes in your child’s middle ear. This test doesn’t hurt. But your child needs to stay still. He or she can’t cry, talk, or move.
  • Audiometry. This is a hearing test. It may be done if your child gets ear infections often.