Publications

Publications

The Role of Videonystagmography (VNG)

Many decades ago, vestibular assessment consisted entirely of electronystagmography (ENG). Although ENG still serves as the “gold standard” for unilateral peripheral vestibular system impairment, ENG is inadequate for assessment and diagnosis of bilateral peripheral vestibular system impairment.

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Multitasking, Cognition, and Cell Phone Distractions

Everyone thinks they can multi-task. However, as reported by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (2009), based on a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80 percent of all car crashes involve driver distraction within three seconds of the crash. The primary distractions include cell phone use (texting and phoning), reaching for things within the vehicle, looking at things outside the vehicle, reading, and applying make-up.

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Auditory Fitness for Duty

Tufts, Vasil, and Briggs (2009) described the concept and factors impacting "Auditory Fitness for Duty" (AFFD). AFFD can be defined as possessing hearing ability sufficient for safe and effective job performance. Occupations impacted by AFFD are vast and include military personnel, miners, police officers, fire-fighters, pilots, air traffic controllers, etc. Clearly, not hearing well in these (and other) "hearing critical" occupations would be a significant liability. Additionally, people with hearing impairment appear to be under more stress than normal hearing peers.

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CHARGE Syndrome 2010

In their new book, CHARGE Syndrome, Hartshorne, Hefner, Davenport, and Thelin (2011, Plural Publishing) offer an extraordinarily in-depth, authoritative and comprehensive discussion of CHARGE Syndrome.  

CHARGE is an acronym, “C” represents coloboma, “H” represents heart, “A” represents atresia, “R” represents retardation of growth and development, “G” represents genitourinary and “E” represents ear anomalies and hearing loss.  CHARGE syndrome is caused by a defect  in one or more genes (including CHD7) which is of critical importance during embryonic development.

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