Mrs. Kitts is a 29-year-old patient who is in her first trimester of pregnancy. During her examination, she brings up concerns about exposure to rubella. As the health care provider, you explain that, if she contracts rubella, her developing fetus is at risk for damage to which of the following? (Note: This damage could lead to hearing impairment.)
A) Eustachian tube
C) Tympanic membrane
D) Organ of Corti
- B) otosclerosis. Feedback: CORRECT
- A condition in which conductive hearing loss occurs as a result of gradual hardening of the footplate of the stapes is identified as otosclerosis.