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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.



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 03:55 AM

When you face any problem in ear then Otoscope is used by doctors. A doctor can be able to see the tiny bones of the middle ear from this instrument.

Really is interesting because it was a doctor who said "no" when I asked him if he could see into the middle ear.  But, nowadays, nothing in the medical world surprises me. 


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 04:49 AM

When you face any problem in ear then Otoscope is used by doctors. A doctor can be able to see the tiny bones of the middle ear from this instrument.

This sounds incorrect to me as well.

 

An otoscope is for viewing the outer ear and cannot see past the eardrum. For looking at the middle ear, one would have pass an instrument up through the eustachian tube.  

 

But your reply is odd. You may just be a spammer, so I'll report you to be on the safe side. :)



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 08:36 AM

This sounds incorrect to me as well.

 

An otoscope is for viewing the outer ear and cannot see past the eardrum. For looking at the middle ear, one would have pass an instrument up through the eustachian tube.  

 

But your reply is odd. You may just be a spammer, so I'll report you to be on the safe side. :)

Pass an instrument up my eustachian tube?  OUCH.  No way!  I'll just enjoy being deaf in one ear.  I can sleep on the good ear and nothing will awaken me. :clap: