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A physical exam of your ear is conducted by a trained otolaryngologist, also called an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. The exam may reveal structural damage to the inner ear or causes of hearing loss and may lead to the doctor prescribing an X-Ray.
To reach a conclusion or justify getting an X-ray, your doctor will perform an exam. It may include using a tuning fork's vibration and frequency to test your hearing and narrow down the cause of your conditions.
A tuning fork is a "U" shaped metal instrument that vibrates at a specific frequency when struck, producing a fixed, pure tone.
During a physical exam, your ENT physician will place a vibrating tuning fork against parts of your face, head, and ears, as well as in the air just next to your ears, if you have hearing loss complaints. You will be asked to recognize where the sound created by vibration is the loudest and the quietest.
Based on these results, your doctor will conclude whether your hearing is affected, in the inner ear or outer ear, and whether the damage afflicts both ears.