T/F Gradual hearing loss is most commonly due to ear wax impaction.
T/F There is a lot of fat distributed in the ear.
If there is trauma to the ear, what will occur?
Lots of pain and bleeding. The ear is highly vascularized and innervated.
What separates the external ear from the middle ear?
All OTC otic treatments will be for which part of the ear?
from the tympanic membrane to the external acoustic meatus
How does the ear of a child differ from that of an adult?
shorter, straighter, and flatter EAM
When should otic problems not be treated OTC?
signs of infection, pain associated with discharge, bleeding or trauma, ruptured eardrum, ear surger within the past 6 weeks, tubes, incapable of following instructions, hypersensitivity to agents in OTC products, less than 12 years of age
How old must patients be to treat otic complaints OTC?
What otic complaints can be treated OTC?
excessive/impacted ear wax, water clogged ears, allergic dermatitis, seborrhea, and psoriasis
Why are children more prone to ear infections than adults?
Their EAC is shorter and flatter, which traps moisture and earwax, which provides an optimal media for bacteria growth