How is tympanometry related to viral ear infections?

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Tympanometry is a test used to determine the extent of fluid buildup in the middle ear in cases of viral ear infection. The test is usually painless and consists of a soft plug being inserted into the ear. The plug then measures extent of eardrum movement by changing air pressure within the ear canal. The more fluid has built up in the middle ear, the less the eardrum will move.

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