# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 1561969328

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Identify major disorders of the eye, ear, and other sensory organs.


Identification should include use of diagnostic tests to test diseases and abnormal conditions (e.g., signs and symptoms, nursing care, treatment, prognosis).

Process/Skill Questions

  • How would you describe the functions of the different components of the sensory system?
  • What are the different sensory pathways, and how would you summarize the parts of each pathway?
  • What are the characteristics of sensation?
  • How do you differentiate between the special and general senses, and what are examples of each?
  • What are the physiology of the special senses of taste, smell, touch, temperature, proprioception, and pain?
  • How does this information enter the body, reach the brain, and affect response? How would you differentiate among the cutaneous receptors?
  • How would you describe the physiology of protective sensory mechanisms?
  • What is the role of the hypothalamus in the visceral sensations of hunger and thirst?
  • How could you describe the structure of the eye, including the accessory structures?
  • How would you describe the production and flow of tears?
  • How could you explain the physiology of vision, and how is it similar to the functions of a camera?
  • How would you describe the structure of the ear, differentiating among the three divisions?
  • What is the pathway of sound waves through the ear as they travel to the brain?
  • How would you describe the receptors for hearing and for equilibrium with respect to location and function?
  • What is the significance of the location of the eustachian tubes?
  • Where are the arterial receptors located?
  • What is the role of each in maintaining homeostasis?
  • How does aging affect the sensory system?
  • What can be done to reduce the effects of aging on the sensory system?

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