Pro Tip: Ear pain can suggest an ear infection, during which the middle of the ear
becomes clogged with fluid and mucous, which can affect hearing. Asking Tina if she has
ear pain might indicate a possible ear infection and a reason for changes in her hearing.
Do you have difficulty hearing?
Asked about mouth problems
Denies bleeding gums
Pro Tip: If left untreated, gum problems, like abscesses, can result in sinusitis. Asking
Tina if she has problems with her gums solicits information about possible causes of her
Have you had bleeding gums?
Denies mouth sores
Pro Tip: In some cases, infection can spread to a cheekbone through an infection in the
mouth. Asking Tina if she has any mouth sores might indicate a problem area that has
Have you had mouth sores?
Denies tongue problems