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Doctor insights on: Tympanometry Health Risks

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Tympanometry (Definition)

Test of ear status such as pressure of area behind ear drum, presence of fluid behind ear drum, or the presence of a hole in ear drum. A tone is emitted then measured as it is reflected off ear drum. The curve that this reflected tone produces shows characteristics to help in diagnosis.. Other details such as the general stiffness of hearing ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: tympanometry?

What is the definition or description of: tympanometry?

Test of ear: Test of ear status such as pressure of area behind ear drum, presence of fluid behind ear drum, or the presence of a hole in ear drum. A tone is emitted then measured as it is reflected off ear drum. The curve that this reflected tone produces shows characteristics to help in diagnosis. Other details such as the general stiffness of hearing bones can be deciphered. ...Read more

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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a tympanometry?

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a tympanometry?

Tympanometry how?: Tympanometry is a quick procedure that involves placing an earplug-like device in the ear in which middle ear pressure is to be measured. For both ears, it takes 1-2 minutes at the most. No oral or IV pre-medication needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get tympanometry test done? How does it work?

What does it mean to get tympanometry test done? How does it work?

Hearing check: Typanometry measures how well the eardrum moves. It is a great way to pick up fluid behind the eardrum which is common with colds, sinus issues, allergies, and as a result of an ear infection. If a child has a normal eardrum and a chronic problem on tympanometry the child may benefit form an ENT evaluation. It is a useful tool to monitor recovery form ear infections as well. ...Read more

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Where is a tympanometry usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a tympanometry usually done? At a hospital?

Typanometry: This test is performed in your physician's office -- this is routinely performed by a primary care or ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need a tympanometry after ear tube surgery?

Confusing question: If you have functioning tubes in place, tympanometry would not be particularly helpful. If there was a plug in one or both tubes, it would produce a visible wave form, but would usually just produce a flat pattern. I suppose if you wanted to verify tube function it could be used that way, but I prefer to look at the tubes. It is usually obvious. ...Read more

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An audiologist did a tympanometry test on ears & didn't find a problem. My Eustachian tubes still feels clogged. Is a tympanometry test 100% accurate?

An audiologist did a tympanometry test on ears & didn't find a problem. My Eustachian tubes still feels clogged.  Is a tympanometry test 100% accurate?

Hard to feel tubes.: You likely aren't able to feel your eustachian tubes however you might feel a sensation of fullness in the ear. This could be due to ringing or decreased hearing from thickening of the your ear drum or irritation of the nerve in that ear.
Tympanometry tests are vague and generally can't be relied upon 100%. However, if they are normal for the most part it's unlikely that you have anything serious. ...Read more

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I had a tympanometry today at ENT office. Nurse performed 4 times in each ear back-to-back, due to printer error. Is this harmful to my ear,?

I had a tympanometry today at ENT office. Nurse performed 4 times in each ear back-to-back, due to printer error. Is this harmful to my ear,?

No: Tympanometry is a measurement of middle ear pressure and should not cause any injury to the ear canal or ear drum. The most important question is once the printer did function, what were the results? Furthermore, the nurse could have easily read the graphic results on the screen before it was printed. ...Read more

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How does tympanometry relate to ear infections?

How does tympanometry relate to ear infections?

Fluid detection: In infancy the retention of normal middle ear mucous is common if it doesn't drain out of the eustachian tube. That fluid can become infected if germs invade up the tube to the middle ear. Tympanometry can provide evidence for the presence or absence of fluid through detecting the resilience of the ear drum. If no fluid is detected, no middle ear infection will be present. ...Read more

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ENT thinks my T-Tube is blocked due to abnormal Typanometry and prescribed Prednisolone eye drops to unblock the tube. Is this standard treatment?

ENT thinks my T-Tube is blocked due to abnormal Typanometry and prescribed Prednisolone eye drops to unblock the tube. Is this standard treatment?

No: I don't see how prednisolone eye drop could relieve the eustachean tube obstruction unless it is used in the nose. However, there are far better options than using an eye prep for the nasal area. This makes no sense anatomically or physiologically. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 4-5 years. Health risks?

I have smoked for 4-5 years. Health risks?

Yes: Smoke contains an uncounted number of toxins and damaging substances. Your lungs especially, and your body as well has to accomodate you're putting them inside in the form of smoke. It will take several years for your health risk to approach normal after smoking for 4-5 years. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of using public restrooms, if any?

What are the health risks of using public restrooms, if any?

Bad bugs...: There are many bugs that are transmitted fecal-orally. In other words, when another person wipes then touches something in the bathroom, they could spread a bug. Wash your hands well after every trip to the bathroom, dry with a paper towel, and use the towel to turn off the water and open the door on your way out. ...Read more

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Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Few Cases/ Serious: There are very few cases of anthrax — however infection wth anthrax is a serious healh problem with a high fatality rate for GI & inhalational anthrax. ...Read more

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Are crowded subways a health risk?

Are crowded subways a health risk?

Unpredictable: From a practical standpoint, sure if there's a person with a cold standing in a crowded subway, there is an increased risk that person's sneeze and germs will find its way to another person.

In terms of personal health, can't really say there's any added risk of riding the subway.
Public transport is good for the environment.

You could argue, driving a car is more dangerous (ie accidents). ...Read more

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What are the health risks of lobster?

What are the health risks of lobster?

Sodium Load: Shellfish are high in sodium and can be adverse in individuals at reisk for heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of Parkour?

What are the health risks of Parkour?

Parkour: Common Parkour injuries – Knees are at risk with ACL & PCL injuries. Ankle twisting is also a risk. ...Read more

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Are there health risks with deodorant?

Are there health risks with deodorant?

Allergy: Allergy to fragrances, propylene glycol, parabens or lanolin are all possible. The active ingredients in antiperspirants are all remarkably safe and non allergenic. There has been no credible association with other health risks. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of taking xolair?

What are the health risks of taking xolair?

See below: I've seen a lot of patients on this and have never seen a side effect. Of course there's always a chance of anaphylaxis, but have never seen it. ...Read more

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What health risks increase after nightfall?

What health risks increase after nightfall?

None. It's healthy.: "Nightfall" is a euphemism for nocturnal emissions, a man having an ejaculation while he's asleep from rubbing his pajamas, bedclothes, etc. It's healthy and normal and it's something you should enjoy. It's certain to happen unless you ejaculate during the day fairly often by whatever means. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and may well be trying to manipulate you by phony fears. ...Read more

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Are painters at risk for any health problems?

Are painters at risk for any health problems?

Painting: Paint is lead-free these days, but fumes can make one feel nauseated. It is the place where you are painting which may be more dangerous. For example, an old building can have lead in old wall paint, painting in high places wothout proper safety equipment can result in injury, etc... ...Read more

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What are the health risks of being overweight?

What are the health risks of being overweight?

Overweight: Many health risks:
Diabetes
Hypertension
High levels of multiple liver problems.

The list goes on!
Please see your doctor about this as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of outdoor wood smoke?

What are the health risks of outdoor wood smoke?

Not much: Life is meant to be lived and (I would hope) to be enjoyed. Staying away from a nice bonfire because you're super-scrupulous about inhaling a tiny amount of smoke just isn't worth it. You can't go through life shunning everything that might contain something that might irritate you or have some nasty something in it. Embrace life. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks of occasional smoking?

Are there any health risks of occasional smoking?

Sure there are: Smoking is 100% bad for you. It's toxic. No amount of smoke is good for you anymore than any amount of poison is good for you. Or radiation exposure. What's unclear is how many starts to be a significant risk. When you ask are there any health risks, you already know the answer. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of foreskin restoration?

What are the health risks of foreskin restoration?

Here are some..: First, one always has to consider it you need it after circumcision after balancing medical necessity & professional possibilities. Risks may be frustration with deep mental and severe physical suffering with imperfect success at most. The answer to this Q could not be delivered in a 400-letter space. Hence, please take time to review article in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreskin_restoration. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

Find the cause: Very low hemoglobin levels will restrict your exercise tolerance, but the greatest danger of anemia is that it warns of an underlying problem. While the cause is often a woman's loss each month or during pregnancy, or non-supplementing vegetarianism, anemia may warn of cancer, ulcers, B12 deficiency which can cause brain damage, and a host of other bad things. ...Read more