The tuning fork tests primarily help determine the status of external auditory canal, patency of eustachian tube, condition plus working of ear drum and ossicular chain, state of middle ear cleft, and degree of function of inner ear and eighth nerve. These tests are used for the purpose of differential diagnosis between pathology of conductive apparatus and perceiving mechanism. In spite of a lack of consensus over the clinical use of tuning forks it can be safely said that their use is not outdated if used correctly and appropriately.

This pocket guide describes the principle, method of performing various tuning fork test, interpretation of results, and correlating the findings.

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