Head Eyes Ears Nose & Throat Exam (HEENT) in Spanish
This medical Spanish lesson focuses on talking through the Head Eyes Ears Nose & Throat exam in Spanish, also known as HEENT in Spanish.
We use the command tense (imperative) and detail all the right vocabulary to help your Spanish-speaking patients understand what you’re doing and basic results.
The HEENT exam focuses on a portion of the everyday physical exam that you need to be able to communicate. We’ve included some helpful information for you to give instructions to your Latino patients and talk through the HEENT exam in Spanish.
Here is the HEENT exam lesson I taught to the Facebook group:
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In the video I run through quite a bit of vocabulary for this exam in Spanish. Here is a convenient listing of vocabulary that shows you how to give this HEENT exam in Spanish
A common way to tell your patients what you’re about to do is to use this phrase “I’m going to” or “I need to”. Here are some examples of what you might tell your patients:
- Voy a / necesito examinar : I’m going to / I need to examine
- Voy a / necesito chequear : I’m going to / I need to check
- Voy a / necesito escuchar : I’m going to / I need to listen to
- Voy a / necesito mirar : I’m going to / I need to look at
- Voy a / necesito palpar : I’m going to / I need to palpate
- Voy a / necesito revisar : I’m going to / I need to review
- Voy a / necesito tocar : I’m going to / I need to touch
To finish the above sentences, you need to first be careful to use the proper form of “you” for your patient. If your patient is an adult, you’ll use “Usted”. If your patient is not yet a teenager, it’s usually pretty safe to use the “Tú” form.
|Voy a escucharle los pulmones||Voy a escucharte los pulmones||I’m going to listen to your lungs|
|Voy a examinarle los oídos||Voy a examinarte los oídos||I’m going to examine your ears|
|Voy a tocarle la cabeza||Voy a tocarte la cabeza||I’m going to touch your head|
|Voy a mirarle los ojos||Voy a mirarte los ojos||I’m going to look at your eyes|
|Voy a chequearle la nariz||Voy a chequearte la nariz||I’m going to check your nose|
|Voy a palparle el cuello||Voy a palparte el cuello||I’m going to palpate your neck|
When you’re giving the instruction to your patient (what you need them to do), you’ll use the command tense in Spanish (called the imperative). Here is how to give HEENT instructions to your patients in Spanish using both Usted and Tú forms.
Note: You might not have caught it, but I actually mispronounced “inhale” in Spanish during the lesson. I add a sound for the letter “h” in Spanish. Remember the “h” is always silent in Spanish – and unlearning its pronunciation is tricky even for us pros! Some examples:
- Alcohol : Alcohol
- Almohada : Pillow
- Anhelar : To crave
- Ahogar : To drown, to suffocate
- Cohibir : To restrain
- Deshinibido : Uninhibited
- Coherente : Coherent
La única excepción para la regla de la H muda en español es cuando va precedida de una C, formando un “dígrafo”, es decir, la unión de dos letras que crean un solo sonido. Algunos ejemplos:
- Choza : A hut
- Chequear : To check
- Enchilada : You know what it is 😉
- Charlar : To chat, to talk
- Chico / chica : boy / girl
Study HEENT exam vocabulary in Spanish with these flashcards
I put together a vocabulary list and set of notes that includes this information in an easily downloadable .pdf – Get your copy for free today!
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