Cochlear implant enhances adult patient's quality of life

Cochlear implant enhances adult patient's quality of life

When pondering two of her biggest life decisions, Lindsey Edmondson didn't waste time and didn't look back.

The first: She met husband Brad Edmondson in February 2003 when they were students at East Central Community College, went on a horseback-riding date in March, got engaged in May, and tied the knot in August.

The second: Lindsey, who'd coped with progressive hearing loss since toddlerhood, was evaluated for a left-ear cochlear implant in May 2014 by Dr. Tom Eby, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A whirlwind of tests later, she was able to fast-track the surgery to that July 25.

About a month later, Lindsey and Brad returned to the Medical Center and sat next to Dr. Vicki Gonzalez, chief of audiology and assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, as Gonzalez pushed the keys on a computer that turned on the half dollar-sized implant for the first time.

Lindsey went from reading lips with her eyes to reading sounds with her brain.

At age 32, after years of muffled hearing at best, “I could hear the air blowing through the vent,” Lindsey said.

“She said, 'Do y'all hear that?'” remembered Brad, 37, a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper and National Guard member. “We spent three or four minutes trying to figure out what she was talking about.”

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SGSHS distinguished alum shows public health passion

Opportunity and serendipity have positioned Dr. Kaye Bender to become a national leader in improving the nation's public health programs.

“Sometimes you find yourself in wonderful circumstances, and you take a few risks, and doors open,” said Bender, president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Accreditation Board, the only and first nonprofit organization that accredits state, local, tribal and territorial health departments. 

It's just one lesson she shared with students and faculty Oct. 28 while accepting the honor of 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

“Dr. Bender has had an extraordinary career in various state and national leadership roles,” said Dr. Joey P. Granger, dean of the graduate school. “The goal of her speech was to demonstrate to our students how critical skills learned in our Ph.D. programs can be used in various career paths.”

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SGSHS distinguished alum shows public health passion

UMMC staff receive service recognition

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week.

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Investiture reception, invited speakers top week's agenda

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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Investiture reception, invited speakers top week's agenda
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