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What tests evaluate hearing loss that results from ear injury?

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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