(oregonlive.com) Reading about March's Brain Injury Awareness events, I was reminded that an inability to follow more than one- or two-step commands is a common cognitive impairment that people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) get to live with. Other cognitive experiences include coma, confusion, shortened attention span, short- and long-term memory problems, difficulty making plans and decisions, and problems with judgment and concentration.
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My name is Stephan Demers. I am 12, and in 7th grade. I live in Michigan with my family. Recently, I have been dizzy. Unnaturally dizzy. My dizziness is like a swirling toilet starting fast inside my head whenever movement happens. It dims down to nothing after 5-10 seconds. This has been going on for about a month and a half now. It started out as something our family thought as a “bug” of some sort. Viruses or bacteria like that were going around when it started. So, I just stayed home for 4 days. We didn’t think much of it.
Every day I hear stories from people who suffer from a vestibular disorder. Each one is unique, yet they all share a common theme: the struggle to find an accurate diagnosis, and the frustrating effects this debilitating illness has on their ability to live a normal life.
VEDA member, Andrew Galloway, recently completed a 10K run to raise awareness for vestibular disorders. Thanks, Andrew, and congratulations on your accomplishment! If you'd like to help raise awareness (and funds) for VEDA, stay tuned - Balance Awareness Week is coming up in September!
P.S. Here's a letter Andrew sent to his friends and family announcing this event.
I'm running the Manchester 10k next Sunday (20th May) and I'd like to ask you NOT to Sponsor me.
Dr. William House, 88, is revered for his treatments of inner ear disorders. He's most known for creating the first cochlear implant in 1961, giving deaf people the ability to hear. But his career is packed with inventive accomplishments, each impressive in its own right. Read more...
In what he calls a freakish accident, he smacked the back of his head on the metal horizontal bar during a routine. The accident caused a traumatic brain injury and severe damage to the vestibular canal of his inner ear, which affected his balance so much that even the slightest movement could cause Behan to black out. Read more...
Dr. William F. House also developed a successful surgery for an ear disease that had prevented astronaut Alan Shepard from returning to space.
By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times December 11, 2012, 8:01 p.m.
Dr. William F. House, a dentist-turned-ear specialist who 50 years ago defied the medical establishment and many advocates for the hearing impaired to champion an implantable device, now widely accepted, that made everyday sounds audible to the profoundly deaf, has died. He was 89.
Arthur Wooten is an author who suffers from bilateral vestibulopathy with oscillopsia. Recently he shared with VEDA the inspiration behind his most recent book, "Dizzy: A Fictional Memoir."
VEDA: Without giving away the punch line, can you tell us generally what your book is about?
Retired teacher Judy Machin discusses the challenges involved with managing an unpredictable and often debilitating condition…