Special Senses: The eye and ear
By: Dawn Srimahaprom
What are the special senses?
Why are they called “special senses”?
• Their sensory receptors are located within relatively large sensory
organs in the head, nose, tongue, eyes, and ears.
Some of the abbreviation associate with the special senses:
• PE Tube: pressure equalizing tube
• EENT: eye, ear, nose, and throat
• BC: bone conduction
• AU: both ear
• OM: otitis media
• EM: emmetropia
• XT: exotropia
• OS: left eye
• EOM: extraocular movement
• VA: visual acuity
• The capacity to see, hear, smell and taste allowed us to enjoy and survive in
• The abbreviation is use to shorten the terms, so it is convenience for medical
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