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Ear care: an update for nurses (part 1)

Millward, K. (2017). Ear care: an update for nurses (part 1). Practice Nursing, 28(4), pp. 154-160. doi: 10.12968/pnur.2017.28.4.154


A healthy ear is vital not just for hearing, but for balance and for full engagement with the community. In the first of two articles, Kat Millward reviews the anatomy of the ear, outlines methods of dealing with cerumen, and discusses methods of assessment and diagnosis

Our ears are essential for both hearing and balance. Up to 4% of the population will have difficulties with their ears relating to impacted cerumen and many of them will present in primary care with ear discomfort or hearing difficulties. In the first of two articles, we review the anatomy and physiology of the ear and cerumen production, followed by a discussion of the key aspects of making an assessment using the SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) mnemonic.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Practice Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Publisher Keywords: cerumen, primary care nursing, continuing education nursing assessment, evidence-based nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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