- tympanic membrane). The word "tympanometry" is compounded from the Greek "tympanon" meaning drum and "metrein" meaning to measure.
* * *A technique that measures compliance of the tympanic membrane at various levels of air pressure; helpful in diagnosing middle ear effusion, eustachian tube function, and otitis media.
* * *tym·pa·nom·e·try (tim″pə-nomґə-tre) indirect measurement of the compliance (mobility) and impedance of the tympanic membrane and ossicles of the middle ear; it is done by subjecting the external acoustic meatus to positive, normal, and negative air pressure and monitoring the resultant sound energy flow. tympanometric adj
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