Archive for June 2014

The BRAINet Synapse

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Tarvez Tucker, MD, is a neurologist at the OHSU Brain Institute. In this article Dr. Tucker discusses “The Collision Syndrome: Football, Warfare, and Late Effects of TBI.”

When you can’t get off the boat

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Celeste Queen and Sheryl Wilkinson belong to an exclusive club.

There is no secret handshake or initiation fees. They certainly did not sign up to join. There are no dues, unless you count suffering.

They even talk about getting T-shirts that say: “WE ROCK!” Below, in parentheses, they would read: “(But We Don’t Want To).”

The two Macon women have Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS). Most folks will have to Google that and have no idea June is MdDS Awareness Month.

The Danger of Falling Down

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Kimball Forbes, MCD

One of our greatest goals as hearing and balance specialists is to help prevent our patients from falling down. Part of the inner ear is the balance system and since we are balance specialists, our great desire is to prevent falls.

Balance off? Tips to help prevent falls

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. Stuart A. Scherr, For The Inquirer 

Q: Why do older people often lose their balance when walking on thick carpeting or on the beach?

A: The ability to maintain balance relies on information that the brain receives from the eyes, muscles, joints, and vestibular organs in the ear. If any part of an older person's balance system is impaired, it could hurt the ability to adjust to ground surfaces.

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