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  • Tympano-

    Prefix indicating a relationship to the eardrum (tympanic membrane), as in tympanometry (a test that measures the function of the middle ear).

  • Tympanometry

    A test that measures the function of the middle ear. Tympanometry works by varying the pressure within the ear canal and measuring the movement of the eardrum (tympanic membrane).

  • Tympanoplasty

    A surgical operation to correct damage to the middle ear and restore the integrity of the eardrum.

  • Tympanostomy tube

    A small plastic tube inserted into the eardrum to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time. These ventilating tubes usually remain in place for 6 months to several years. Eventually, most will move out of the eardrum (extrude) and fall out into the ear canal. Also called ear tubes.

  • Tympanum

    The cavity of the middle ear, which is separated from the outer ear by the eardrum.

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