Otoscopy is the medical procedure that is used to observe the external ear canal and the tympanic membrane. The most commonly used tools for this procedure are the battery-powered otoscope and the microscope. The following figures show a battery-operated otoscope and otoscopy in a newborn.
Otoscopy of the left ear in a newborn.
The binocular operative microscope.
The binocular surgical microscope is used to have an optimal vision.
The otoscope cone is inserted into the external ear canal. In this way it is possible to observe the walls of the ear canal and the membrane of the eardrum
1 - auricle; 2 - external ear canal; 3 - tympanic membrane
4 - malleus; 5 - incus; 6 - staphes; 7 - labyrinth;
8 - cochlea; 9 - vestibular nerve; 10 - cochlear nerve
The tympanic membrane as seen with otoscopy.
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