How are viral ear infections diagnosed?

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A physical examination of the ear using one or more instruments will diagnose viral ear infections. An otoscope, a small lighted device that lets the doctor painlessly look into the ear, will check for signs of inflammation. Since the doctor can't see directly into the middle ear, other instruments may be used to check for signs that fluid has built up behind the eardrum.

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