BSA Guidance on Ear examination
Guidance from the British Society of Audiology
This document describes the guiding principles for safe and effective ear examination (also known as otoscopy) carried out in any audiological context, with both children and adults. The specific motivation, and the optimal approach, for examining an ear varies between examinations, and it is not the purpose of this document to provide guidance on specific circumstances or on interpretation. It is essential that the ‘examiner’ (i.e. the person conducting the examination) or the person supervising the examination uses her/his professional judgement when deciding on the particular approach to be used with each ‘subject’ (i.e. the person who is being examined) given the specific circumstances, while applying the principles described here.
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