Figure 6-3. Straightening the external ear canal.
Figure 6-4. Speculum inserted.
Check the tympanic membrane for bulging, perforation, and color
(a) Normally, a blue, yellow, amber, red, or pink eardrum indicates
disease of infection.
The eardrum is normally shiny and pearly gray.
(b) A continued bulge in the eardrum indicates possible pus or fluid in
the middle ear. Do not irrigate the ear.