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Falls Pose Highest Risk of Injury and of Death From Injury to Older Americans

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. With balance controlled largely by the inner ear, people experiencing balance problems are encouraged to seek help from audiologists during May awareness month. Read More

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Swallowing Disorders Common Complication From Stroke, Parkinson’s, and Other Medical Conditions in Adults

Over 10 Million Americas are evaluated each year for swallowing difficulties; it's imperative to understand available treatment options. Read More.

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Hearing Loss in School Aged Children

Better Hearing and Speech Month is a perfect time to seek help for kids who may suffer from hearing loss. Read More

 

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Communication Disorders Among the Most Common Childhood Disabilities

Speech, language and hearing disorders often go undetected and untreated for too long. Read More

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Children’s of Mississippi Cochlear Implant Patient Among Youngest in World
By Annie Oeth

At the young age of 3 months and 1 day, Kadence Lane made history for being the youngest patient ever to receive a cochlear implant at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and among the youngest in the world. Read More

 

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Oral cancer patient fights to earn "Survivor" title
By Alana Bowman

At UMC, cancer patients have an entire interdisciplinary team working together to develop the best treatment plan possible. Here, Ms. Johnson discusses her journey and the caregivers she refers to as "Jennifer's Team".  Read More
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ENT in the News

WJTV was live at our annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening Event. Watch the interview

 

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The ENT Department joins forces with friends and family to help fight hunger.  Read More
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Choosing Wisely
By Bruce Coleman

Otolaryngology teams' wise blood protocol earns national award! Read more

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Dr. Michelle Owens and Dr. Ali Brown welcome in Dr. Scott Stringer, professor and chair of the department of otolaryngology at UMMC to talk about and take calls regarding issues with the ears, nose and throat. Listen to the podcast
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Breaking Out of a Burnout
By Josephine Sevier Alston, MA, CCC-SLP

Chief of Spech Language Pathology, Josie Alston, saw signs of burnout in among her colleagues and addressed it head on. Read now in The Asha Leader.
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Hearing Loss and its Effect on Brain Function
By Grace Sturdivant, AuD

Patients most commonly come to me with gradually-acquired sloping hearing loss. What does that mean? Well, most commonly, individuals are able to hear low pitch or bass tones better than they are able to hear high-pitch or treble tones...Read More

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
By Christopher Spankovich, AuD, PhD, MPH

It is a common misperception that hearing loss is inevitable. While it is true there are a greater percentage of persons with hearing loss as we age, it is not necessarily “age” causing hearing loss. Rather, so-called age-related hearing loss refers to our lifetime of general health, lifestyle (e.g. smoking, diet, etc.), noise exposure, use of ototoxic medications, and of course, genetics...Read More

Alternative Means of Communication

What does alternative means of communication mean?
There are many ways to communicate besides speaking. Alternative means of communication are other ways to communicate that do not involve spoken speech. In this day and age of technology, texting is a common means of communicating that does not involve speaking...Read More

Finally Answered: A Patient’s Search to Get Her Voice Back

Kris Williams battled laryngeal cancer - twice. As a 43-year-old, non-drinking, non-smoking patient, Kris came to the Department of Otolar­yngology and Communicative Sciences at UMMC seeking answers for her rapidly worsening voice. Kris scheduled her consultation with Dr. John Schweinfurth, otolaryn­gologist. ..Read More

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Dysphagia (dis-fey-juh) - What Does That Mean?
By Angie Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP

Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty swallowing that may result from a variety of causes. This is the term used when someone consistently has difficulty with chewing, moving food around in the mouth or keeping food or liquids in the mouth...Read More

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Five Facts about Concussions
By Hailey C. Henderson, MS, CCC/SLP

With high school football well under way, this particular post will spotlight the topic of sports related concussions specifically looking at how they impact athletes and parents of athletes. Of note, high impact sports is not the only way to obtain a concussion...Read More

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Teaching Toddlers to Talk
By Caroline Hunter, MS

Children are watching and learning from their environments and the adults around them all the time. Beginning to talk is an exciting part of development! When children are able to tell adults what they need and want, frustrations are reduced...Read More

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Five Facts about Modified Barium Swallow Studies
By Kimbrell Kimbrell Evans, MS, CCC-SLP

First of all, what is an MBSS?
An MBSS stands for “modified barium swallow study”. This test can also be called a VFSS, which stands for “videoflouroscopic swallow study”. An MBSS is an X-ray procedure performed in the Radiology department that looks at the anatomic structures in your head and neck area to make sure they are working properly while you are chewing, drinking and swallowing...Read More

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Five Facts about Spoon Feeding
By Rachel Tyrone MS, CFY-SLP

In first few months of life, babies learn all kinds of new and exciting skills. One of the most important skills is learning how to eat from a spoon. This is the beginning stages of moving away from the bottle and becoming an independent feeder. Here are 5 about spoon feeding that parents can use...Read More

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A is for Autumn & A....chooo

Autumn marks the threat of discomfort for seasonal allergy sufferers. Dr. Christopher E. Lee provides steps allery sufferers can take to relieve the effects of fall allergies in this Wellbeing Magazine Article.