How are ear disorders diagnosed?

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Diagnosis of ear disorders depends on the type of disorder. Doctors can often diagnose ear infections by looking at the ear canal through a special instrument called an otoscope. Patients complaining of dizziness may undergo magnetic resonance imaging to determine if there is a structural abnormality. Those with hearing loss may be diagnosed through simple hearing screening tests.

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Ear Disorders

Ear Disorders

Your ear is a complex organ composed of the outer, middle and inner ear (as well as fluid). Any disorder involving your ear -- ear infections, tinnitus, Meniere's disease -- can affect either your hearing or your balance. Treatmen...

t options for ear disorders vary based on the type of disorder you have.
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