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#1 hazelm

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:22 AM

When you go to your doctor for a "once-over-lightly" checkup  he shines a light into your ear and declares it clean - or not.  Can he see the ear drum with this kind of looking?  Isn't the ear drum hidden behind a membrane?  Thanks.



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:51 AM

When you go to your doctor for a "once-over-lightly" checkup  he shines a light into your ear and declares it clean - or not.  Can he see the ear drum with this kind of looking?  Isn't the ear drum hidden behind a membrane?  Thanks.

The ear drum is the membrane. It separates the outer ear from the middle ear, where the bones are that transmit the sound to the cochlea. So yes indeed, the doctor can see the ear drum - as those of us who suffered with middle ear infections as children know quite well :) .



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:02 AM

The ear drum is the membrane. It separates the outer ear from the middle ear, where the bones are that transmit the sound to the cochlea. So yes indeed, the doctor can see the ear drum - as those of us who suffered with middle ear infections as children know quite well :) .

Hmmm?  Interesting.  I had been misinformed.  Thanks.