The initial step in a comprehensive hearing evaluation is typically an ear exam, which involves the use of a small camera to examine the ear canal and confirm its clarity, as well as to visualize the ear drum. This crucial examination helps ensure that the ear canal is free from any obstructions or blockages that could potentially affect results.
The use of a small camera allows us to visually inspect the ear canal and examine the condition of the ear drum. It enables us to check for any abnormalities, such as excess earwax buildup, inflammation, infections, or structural issues.
By confirming the clarity of the ear canal and the visibility of the ear drum, we can proceed with confidence to conduct the hearing tests. This preliminary examination provides important baseline information about the health of the ear and helps in identifying any potential issues that may require attention or additional diagnostic procedures.
Overall, the ear exam with a small camera serves as an essential starting point in a hearing test, ensuring that the subsequent evaluations are conducted accurately and that any necessary interventions or treatments are appropriately administered.