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how do we assess the ears. what are we looking for?
someone tiping their head when you talk
drainage
we don't get temps on old people w/ a ear thermometer, only kids. why?
old people have hair and wax (cerumen) and dry gross crusty skin so you can't get a good temp this way.
what is the external ear called?
auricle or pinna
it collects air vibrations
its cartlage covered by skin
S shaped to get sound into the ear canal. extends from the tragus to tympanic membrane
lets assess the auricle.what is it?
the external ear.
look for redness, tumors, growths, lesions, skin cancers from farmer's ears,
what about someone's eyes always scanning the enviroment?
cochlea problems w/ inner ear infection. maybe can't keep their balance so they constatntly are looking around for trip hazards
so we ask what they do for a living meaning ...
do they operate a chain saw
do they work in a noisy enviroment
etc. are they exposed to noise all day long
B12 and folate defecencies are important to nerve development so ... folate defecency causes spinal bifida. you take autoscope, what are we looking for?
redness, swelling. what are we trying to see?
the eardrum. can't see b/c of wax. sensory defeciet related to cerumen bild up(wax).
so what kind of education would we give to these pts concerning their ears. (You see scratches in their ears) you would say if they say My ears are sore. what can you stick in someone's ear?
nothing smaller than your elbow unless its in a nurse's hands or doctor's hands.
how do you blow your nose?
with your mouth open.
do you occlude one nostril? NO! don't squeeze one side closed.
volume and chain saws jurt your ears. how?
ear has thousands of tiny cells involved with hearing. sound can permanetly destroy these cells.
flying and diving (changes in pressure) can damage your hearing too. How do we handle hearing aids?
change the batteries
don't let them whistle
take them out at night
put them in case w/ their name on it. don't get them wet