tympanometers

Tympanometers

Industry-leading tympanometers

Handheld and desktop tympanometers designed to fulfil the need of audiologists and hearing health care professionals. Designed to assess the middle ear (tympanic membrane) by measuring air pressure changes at the eardrum.

 

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  • otowave-102-c

    Handheld screening tympanometer with docking station

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  • otowave-102

    Handheld and portable screening tympanometer

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  • otowave-202

    Portable diagnostic tympanometer with handheld probe

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  • otowave-302

    Otowave 302

    Desktop diagnostic tympanometer with handheld probe

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Frequently asked questions

  • The general classification of a tympanometer is an instrument that measures the pathology of the middle ear, including the ear drum. It is often referred to as a middle ear analyser, impedance or admittance meter, as the so-called tympanometry measurement is only one part of the entire middle ear assessment.

    There are variations of the classification of a tympanometer; such as a screening or diagnostic/clinical device. Further tests can include measurement of the interaural muscles (acoustic reflex, decay and latency tests) as well as eustachian tube tests. To understand which tests your tympanometer can perform, please check the specification on the user manual.

    Tympanometers are used in the identification of: 

    • Middle ear effusion (Otitis media) 
    • Perforation or cicatrisation of the ear drum
    • Ear grommets
    • Eustachian tube dysfunction
    • Tympanosclerosis
    • Otosclerosis
    • Cholesteatoma

    When the eardrum is activated by a sound wave, part of the sound is absorbed and sent through the middle ear, while the other part of the sound wave is reflected. Following a tympanometry test, a tympanogram is a graphic representation of how the eardrum moves in response to the air pressure in the ear canal. The following data is obtained from tympanogram:

    • Compliance with the middle ear system
    • Ear canal volume
    • Middle ear pressure
    • Pattern correlated with various disorders
  • First developed in the 1950's, tympanometry is an objective measurement used to evaluate the condition of the middle ear eardrum and the conduction bones by creating variations of air pressure in the ear canal (1Terkildsen et al.). Since then, the test technique has further developed and become a common part of the audiological test routine.

    1Terkildsen, K. and K.A. Thomsen (1959). The influence of pressure variations on the impedance measuring bridge for clinical use. J. Laryngol. Otol. 73, 409-418. Learn more about what tympanometry tests for.

    Just like tympanometry measurements, a probe is inserted into the ear canal. While playing a continues probe tone, short test signals (e.g. 0.5, 1 or 2kHz) are presented at levels of 70 - 100dB, triggering the stapes muscle to contract.

    Through this contraction, the ossicular chain and ear drum stiffens as well, leading to a measurable decrease of compliance in the ear canal. The acoustic reflex is measurable in both ears (ipsilateral and contralateral). Learn more about how to perform acoustic reflex tests.

    Acoustic reflexes are regularly used in audiological testing and measure the stapedius and the tensor tympani reflex generated eardrum movement in response to intense sound. Acoustic reflex measurements provide feedback on:

    • Type and degree of hearing loss (conductive, sensory, neural)
    • Injury of the facial nerve or vestibulocochlear nerve
    • Otosclerosis