The Nurse Is Performing an Ear Assessment on an Older
The nurse is performing an ear assessment on an older adult.Which assessment finding does the nurse document in the client's chart as an expected age-related change? A) Coarse hair is seen in the auditory canal. B) Tympanic membrane is intact and bulging. C) Impacted cerumen is present in the auditory canal. D) Small, painless nodules are noted on the helix of the pinna.
A Growth of coarse hair in the auditory canal occurs in some older men and women.It does not interfere with hearing and is considered a normal variation related to aging; it would be considered abnormal in a younger adult.Bulging tympanic membranes,impacted cerumen,and pinna nodules are not expected findings in the older adult.