I was at the ENT doctor today complaining of the feeling of fluid deep in my ear canal. He did a lot of quick tests (much more than my GP would have done) and asked a lot of questions about how things felt.
He did two quick “hearing” tests. One was rubbing his fingers together 6" away from each ear (I could hear that fine). Then he took a tongue depresser and rubbed it against my two front teeth and asked if I could hear the sound it made in both ears. I said no, it was much louder in the right (non-fluidy) ear. So then he scheduled me for a hearing test.
Having had ear problems my whole life, I’ve seen a lot of ENTs and they always seem to have cool new tricks and tests. This tongue depresser thing was pretty cool. But what exactly did it tell him?