# Ch 17 Ears

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1. When assessing the client's ear, which finding should the nurse identify as indicating a need for further assessment and possible treatment?
A) Darwin tubercle
B) Red, flaky cerumen
C) Tender tragus
D) Pearly gray tympanic membrane
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2. A client asks why cerumen is important, stating, It just clogs up the ears anyway. How should the nurse best describe the purpose of cerumen?
A) It helps protect the delicate ear drum from loud noise that may be damaging.
B) It helps to keep the ear drum soft and functioning well.
C) It helps to amplify the sound waves through the inner ear.
D) It helps create the translucent, pearly color of the ear drum.
4. A 55-year-old client is being evaluated for a suspected hearing impairment. Which of the nurse's health interview questions is most likely to yield relevant data?
A) Are you having difficulty hearing high-frequency sounds?
B) Do you notice any drainage from your ears?
C) Are you experiencing any pain in your ears?
D) Have you felt any popping sensations in your ears?
7. A client who works in a manufacturing plant is attending a teaching session on plant safety. Which of the following would be an important risk prevention measure to teach regarding hearing?
A) Limiting loud noise exposure to 1 hour per day
B) Taking a 10-minute break every 2 hours
C) Wearing ear protection when in the work environment
D) Cleaning ears regularly to prevent ear infections
9. The emergency department nurse notes a clear, watery discharge from the client's ear following a bicycle accident. Which of the following actions should the nurse do next?
A) Refer the client immediately for further evaluation.
B) Assess for foreign body impaction.
C) Examine for postauricular cysts.
D) Position the patient to facilitate drainage.
10. While using an otoscope to assess the ears of an 8-year-old boy, the nurse observes white spots on the boy's tympanic membrane. The nurse also observes that no redness is present. Which action would be most appropriate?
A) Assess the boy for previous trauma to his skull.
B) Determine whether impacted cerumen is present.
C) Ask the mother whether the child has had numerous ear infections.
D) Assess the child for further symptoms of acute otitis media.