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Tympanic Membrane and Thyroid Gland

Using the classroom resources or South University Online Library, research the tympanic membrane and the thyroid gland. In a Microsoft Word document of 4-5 pages formatted in APA style, address each of the following criteria.

  • Two focused health assessment histories
    • One assessment related to the tympanic membrane and the other focused on the thyroid gland.
    • The assessments can be hypothetical patients or patients you have had in the past (remember HIPAA if you are describing a previous patient).
  • A description of the normal and abnormal findings of the tympanic membrane.
  • Information on how to examine the thyroid gland using both the anterior and posterior methods.
  • A concise note in the subjective, objective, assessment (be sure to include the NANDA diagnosis as well as the medical diagnosis), and plan (SOAP) format with each patient's encountered findings.
  • Information about laboratory/diagnostic tests used for screening clients with tympanic membrane or thyroid gland issues.
    • Include the expected normal results for each test.

On a separate references page, cite all sources using APA format. Helpful APA guides and resources are available in the South University Online Library. Below are guides that are located in the library and can be accessed and downloaded via the South University Online Citation Resources: APA Style page. The American Psychological Association website also provides detailed guidance on formatting, citations, and references at APA Style.
• APA Citation Helper
• APA Citations Quick Sheet
• APA-Style Formatting Guidelines for a Written Essay
• Basic Essay Template

Please note that the title and reference pages should not be included in the total page count of your paper.

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Diagnosis and Management of Tympanic Membrane and Thyroid Disorders

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Diagnosis and Management of Tympanic Membrane and Thyroid Disorders
As a nurse practitioner, understanding that comprehensive evaluations of the tympanic
membrane in the ear and the thyroid gland in the neck are essential for identifying issues related
to hearing and endocrine function (Leitch et al., 2020). Recently, I had the opportunity to assess
two patients - let's call them John and Sarah - who presented with concerns related to these
anatomical structures. John, a 52-year-old male, complained of left ear pain, ringing, and
perceived hearing loss that started about 3 weeks ago. Having reviewed his medical history, John
was prone to seasonal allergies and had several ear infections as a child. Though he denied any
recent illness, fever, or trauma, John stressed that the ear pain and ringing were constant, and
hearing in his left ear seemed muffled.
Examination of John's left tympanic membrane through otoscope, reviled redness and
swelling, clear signs of acute infection known as otitis media. His right ear appeared normal. As
John's case shows, a careful history and physical exam are crucial when evaluating the tympanic
membrane for abnormalities. The assessment of his symptomatic left ear made it possible to
make the clinical diagnosis of otitis media. Identifying the underlying problem is the first step
toward developing an effective treatment plan for John's ear pain and hearing changes. Though
assessments of the ear and thyroid can be complex, the rewards are accurate diagnoses and
improved care. Starting with his subjective complaint...

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