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Dr. William House, creator of cochlear implant, continues working at 88 to give gift of hearing

Posted by Kerrie Denner

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...

Running for vestibular disorders!

Posted by Kerrie Denner

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.

Dear Friend,

I'm running the Manchester 10k next Sunday (20th May) and I'd like to ask you NOT to Sponsor me.

What Makes Me Dizzy - by Stephan Demers, age 12

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

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.

Brain injury brings a new understanding, an altered reality

Posted by Kerrie Denner

(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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