What tests evaluate hearing loss that results from ear injury?

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A tuning fork test and an audiometry test can be used to determine if hearing loss has resulted from an ear injury. A tuning fork is a medical instrument that has two prongs and makes sound when it is struck. A doctor uses a tuning fork to reveal hearing loss to the parts of your middle ear that vibrate from sounds. This test also may detect damage to nerves and sensors in the inner ear. An audiometry test involves putting on headphones into which pure and controlled sounds are piped into one ear at a time. You raise your hand or press a button to indicate when you hear a sound. Your responses are measured and the measures indicate hearing loss.

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If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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