Physical exam for ear infections

When doctors examine children for ear infections (acute otitis media), they may:

  • Check the child's temperature. Children with ear infections often have a fever. Children with fluid behind the eardrum usually do not have a fever.
  • Look into the child's ear using a pneumatic otoscope.
  • Test the child's hearing (audiometry exam) if repeat ear infections are a problem or if the parents are concerned about the child's speech or hearing.
  • Examine the child's eyes, nose, throat, and neck for signs of infection.
  • Listen to the child's lungs for signs of an infection.

Last Updated: February 2, 2009

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