NIH NeuroCOVID Project

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 NeuroDatabank-NeuroBioBank (The NeuroCOVID Project) has been initiated at NYU Langone Health.

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COVID-19 in Cerumen—A Potential Source of Viral Spread of Patients Infected with SARS-CoV-2

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Dizziness Handicap and Anxiety in Patients with BPPV and Migraines

A recent study found that significant differences in perceived handicap scores and levels of anxiety and depression exist between patients diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and those with vestibular migraines. 

Patients with BPPV reported lower scores on the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) than patients with vestibular migraines. 

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Classifications of Meniere’s Disease

Jessie J, a popular British pop singer, shared that she was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease (MD) after waking up Christmas Eve morning with hearing loss in her right ear and vertigo. 

She reported in her Instagram live feed that it felt like her right ear was “completely deaf” and that she “couldn’t walk a straight line.”

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CMS Issues Final 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

Tables 1-6 see below for APC assignments, status indicators, and reimbursement amounts for audiology codes.  An “S” status indicator denotes a “Separate APC Payment” where regardless of services performed on the same date of service, the CPT code is paid at the APC rate.

Nobel Prize Season

The 2020 Nobel Prize winners were announced from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm between October 6 and 9 this year. 

Categories include physiology/medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, and peace. Audiology and vestibular sciences are no stranger to the prestigious award, having two Nobel Laureates awarded in the physiology/medicine category. 

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ONLINE FEATURE | COVID-19 “Long-Haulers:” The Emergence of Auditory/Vestibular Problems After Medical Intervention

As of October 9, 2020, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) in the United States reported over seven million documented cases of COVID-19 and over 212,000 deaths since the virus was first identified in this country in January 2020 (2020). 

Early in the pandemic, the medical profession, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and both federal and state governments worked 24/7 to develop testing protocols and intervention strategies (pharmacological management and vaccines). 

Topic(s): COVID-19, audiology, Vestibular, vestibular disorders

Recognition of the Labyrinth’s Primary Sense Organs, the Otoliths

A recent study makes a compelling evolutionary argument that the vestibular system, specifically the otolith organs, are the primary component of the labyrinth and that the cochlea, and in some respects, the semicircular canals take second place. 

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Drug Side Effects on Audiological and Vestibular Testing

There are over 2,000 drugs and more than 400 side effects that could impact the accuracy of the audiometric or vestibular evaluation and the recommendations made for intervention and management (DiSogra, 2008, 2001). 

During clinical trials, incidence figures of an adverse event (side effect) might be extremely low and reported as “rare” or “less frequent.” One person in 100 might report that their ears are ringing, however it could be reported as tinnitus, roaring, ear disturbances, or auditory hallucinations.

Topic(s): Vestibular, drug side effects, audiology, medications


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2017

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Revolutionize Vestibular Testing: New Ways to Assess Patients with Central Disorders

The patient journey for vestibular assessment can be a lengthy process. A 2011 survey by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) states that, on average, patients consult four to five doctors before receiving a diagnosis. Furthermore, it takes an average of three to five years for a person with a vestibular disorder to receive a diagnosis (VEDA, 2011). By applying new testing techniques, clinicians can scale down their workflow and obtain an accurate diagnosis in less time.

Topic(s): Encephalopathy, vestibular schwannoma, vestibular migraine (VM), Vestibular, vestibular evaluation