Tympanometry is well established as a useful tool in the field of otological diagnosis. There have been sporadic reports, however, of bizarre tympanograms in the presence of small perforations of the tympanic membrane. A model of the outer and middle ears was fabricated which was able to produce normal and pathological tympanograms. This model was used to investigate tympanometry in the presence of microperforations. A hypothesis for the mechanism of generation of sawtooth tympanograms in the presence of micro-perforations is postulated.
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