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Old 05-04-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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How Far Can A ENT See In The Ear?

Hi,

I have this crazy crackling popping sound in my ear when i yawn or swallow and i can also hear what to me sounds like fluid gushing around when i move my head ... the ENT dr looked with that little light thing they use and saw nothing and gave my some nasal sprays which have done nothing.

I was wondering can the dr not see some parts with his light thingy where maybe the fluid is like further beyond what he can see?

 
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Re: How Far Can A ENT See In The Ear?

They can see all the way to the ear drum and determine if there is fluid present. If they see further you have perferated or ruptured your ear drum.. that is a big OUCH.

Given the response, I am betting a low level of ear fluid was detected and that the nasal spray was to help reduce the inflamed nasal membranes to aide with drainage. If you weren't told to take and anti-histamnine/decongestant or decongestant.. they will help with retained congestion and ear fluid as well.

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Old 05-04-2007, 01:46 PM   #3
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Re: How Far Can A ENT See In The Ear?

The ENT can use an otoscope to check the canal wall for irritation, and the eardrum for problems, and can also see through the semitransparent drum to a limited extent to see if there are signs of a middle ear infection.

He can also check the middle ear for fluid buildup and infection by measuring the eardrum flexibility using a tympanometer, which is a probe placed in the ear canal and applies a tone, pressure and vacuum to do the test.

Beyond these routine tests, he needs to open the eardrum to look inside, which is serious business and not done without a very good reason.

 
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