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A doctor will looks inside a child's ear with an instrument called an otoscope.
If there is an object lodged in the ear canal, pushing on the otoscope may push the object further into the ear and damage the eardrum.
The doctor may examine the ear with an otoscope, a microscope-type device with a light source for direct inspection of the ear.
Pediatricians may examine a child's ears with a viewing instrument called an otoscope.
The diagnosis of impacted cerumen is usually made by examining the ear canal and eardrum with an otoscope, an instrument with a light attached that allows the doctor to look into the canal.