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What does PTA test for a perforated eardrum mean ?

I m 19yrs old.i had perforated eardrum .there were 2 holes in my eardrum 1 of which has healed and the other 1 is as it was in the beginning.my ent doctor has said me to undergo some pta test.what is it?plz hlp me...!
Wed, 11 Jan 2012
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PTA is Pure Tone Audiometry. It is a hearing test which is done by an Audiologist who which will be able to quantify how much hearing loss you have and also what kind of hearing loss. Since you have perforated ear drum, it will also be able to make the ENT Doctor aware if the damage has gone into the inner ear or just in the middle ear and how much hearing will return after treatment. Don't worry. Relax. It's a very safe and effective test using just headphones and you have to signal when you hear a tone, that's it.
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