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Can an inner ear infection be seen with an otoscope?
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
You cannot see the inner ear with an otoscope.
To visualize the inner ear, which is encased in bone, you need an mri.

In brief: No
You cannot see the inner ear with an otoscope.
To visualize the inner ear, which is encased in bone, you need an mri.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not commonly
If you mean sudden hearing loss or dizziness that a doctor has diagnosed as vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, usually you cannot see signs of this with an otoscope.
However, sometimes similar symptoms are also brought on by a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) and that would be visible with an otoscope.

In brief: Not commonly
If you mean sudden hearing loss or dizziness that a doctor has diagnosed as vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, usually you cannot see signs of this with an otoscope.
However, sometimes similar symptoms are also brought on by a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) and that would be visible with an otoscope.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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