Flu Season Upon Us
With flu season upon us, I had my flu shot as soon as they
available this year. I have already had patients cancel due
the flu and have seen several patients that either admitted
having flu-like symptoms or knew someone who was down with
Washing your hads often is one of the best ways to prevent
transmission of the flu virus. I keep a bottle of
on each desk (next to a tissue box) and use it whenever I
sneeze. My patients can see me taking this precaution
leave with the idea that our practice is sensitive to flu
virus transmission as well as having the peace of mind that
instruments are germ free. Witnessing this process is
testimony that they are received and treated with
Bill Schenk, BC-HIS
Dizziness Itself Is Not A Disease
Dizziness itself is not a disease: it is a symptom that can
from a vestibular disorder or from difficulties unrealted
to the inner ear, such as cardiovascular, neurological,
vision or psychological disorders. It is amazing to me that
many people suffer with these types of problems nowadays.
a clinic that spcializes in diagnosing diseases of the ear,
and throat, we find that many of the patients have dizziness
problems are central or organic; rather many are brought
on by medication, stress or other mental factors. These
be much harder to diagnose and treat. Something to
about next time someone comes into your office describing
a dizziness realted problem.
Frank Fischer, BC-HIS, ACA,MHAP
Why Would an Audiologist Want to be Board
I have been board certified for many years. On occasion
have asked me why I would bother. I bother because it is
more thing that sets me apart from competition. To me
certification is a symbol of the passion I have for helping
people hear better. That passion is not exclusive to
audiologists or hearing aid specialists. The field of
is a broad one. Board certification is the way to show that
professional focus is on hearing aids and how they improve
So if you are an audiologist looking for another way to
yourself from the pack and you have a passion for helping
people hear better I encourage you to get your BC-HIS.
affordable, attainable and accessible.
Laura Dennison, Au.D., BC-HIS
I always like to keep my NBC-HIS patient handout brochures
visible and accessible for my patients. I like to also make
every new patient that comes in receives one. These little
been a tremendous help to not only myself, but for my patients to
they are working with a credential professional. Over the
years I have
experienced hearing from new clients different things
has said about me to try and play down the education and
professionalism of the dispenser, so I have been proud to
my certifications and education. Taking the opportunity
our patients on our credentials is an important step that a
hearing professionals miss.
Joli Robinson, BC-HIS
Jim Ogurek, BC-HIS
REALITY vs REALITY TV
NBC-HIS The day begins with our families - and some
feels I am living in a made for TV comedy. Then there is
professional family of colleagues, patient care coordinators
and support staff. Like any family, we are an interesting
personalities, attitudes and issues. Each one of us
an interesting twist to the office every morning but when we
open doors - we must change the channel.
There are the days when my life as a hearing aid dispenser
is more like a reality TV show. There are dramas,
of joy or tears, cancellations, troubles with the factory
even with staff. Yes, there are some real interesting
but it all comes down to a single main character...
but the PATIENT!) Who is looking to hear better and
to what they think is important.
It's about how they will communicate with their family,
and neighbors. I would like to think I'm the star of this
showing up on a white horse with an awesome hearing
instrument.....but in reality, I'm a bit player...helping my
patients live a better life.
I still want to shine in my supporting role and to me that
knowing all about the circuits, features, functions,
warranties that I am going to use to make the real star of
hear their best. What we do every day is so very
but not that glamorous.
But yet, at least in this blog...I would like to admit we still
a little "superstar" status. Yep, that's right, we are the
superstars that our patients trust with their hearing. WE
EXPERTS...THE SUPERSTARS! Our own lives may be a comedy
our offices may have a tinge of reality TV drama, but we do
something extremely important!
We may be the concerned and supporting characters in our
lives, but I believe that to be a TRUE SUPERSTAR in our
we must become National Board Certified in Hearing Instrument
(BC-HIS). That's one thing that we can do to make our
credentils stand out.
So go make it a great day and remember that our patients
to be cared for by the SUPERSTAR!
BALANCE AWARENESS WEEK September
16th - 22nd, 2012
10 Things You Didn't Know About the Balance (Vestibular)
- The word "vestibular" refers to the inner-ear balance system.
achieve good physical balance we rely on our brain,
inner-ear, and muscular-skeletal system to work
Healthy people usually take balance for granted until it is
- Over 35% of US adults age 40 years and older
(69 million Americans) have had vistibular
at some point in their lives.
- Balance problems can occur from inner-ear disease, a virus,
traumatic brain injury, poisoning by certain antibiotics
(ototoxicity), autoimmune causes, migraines, and aging.
- People with vestibular disorders can have any or all of
the following symptoms: vertigo (spinning
dizziness, fatigue, jumping vision, unsteadiness, "brain
nausea/vomiting, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears
- People with vestibular disorders can suffer cognitive
such as poor concentration,memory, and word recall,
reading while tracking printed text, and impaired mental
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) has consistency
been shown to be an important part of the
of vesibular patients. Research by UTMB (2000) shows
most studies state that patients who use VRT improve by
- Some low-impact exercise routines can help improve
such as Tai Chi or use of the Wii video game concole
conjunction with the Wii Balance Board.
- Balance disorders are an invisible chronic illness -
because they can't be seen by the casual observer and
because they may or may not get better. They are
to diagnose and treat, because others can't "see" the
outward signs. They may assume the patient is
or faking their symptoms.
- Some of the early research on the vestibular
from NASA's study on returning astronauts in the space
- A support group can provide helpful informaiton and
To find a vestibular disorders support group in your area
visit VEDA's website
William Schenk, BC-HIS
I visited the NBC exhibit at a recent convention and purchased a
button down shirt with the NBC-HIS logo on it. I wear an
NBC-HIS pin on my lab jacket, but sometimes we have "casual dress"
day at work and I loosen my tie and don my NBC shirt. I
notice my patients glancing at the logo and connecting me as a
Certificant. It's just another way to show my
dedication to my profession.
I have tinnitus... sometimes
pronounced "tin-eh-tuhs" and sometimes pronounced "tin-eye-tuhs."
I hear high-pitched "bells" in my head!!! I am
constantly trying to figure out the song these "birds" are singing,
but can never figure it out. There are times when the chatter
in a crowd mingles with the " birds" and I have a hard time
following the conversation...especially when I ams in dire need to
I have foud that coffee, aspirin, and chocolate (yes,that heavenly
creation that brings me comfort and joy) causes the bells to turn
into a symphony. The volume and intensity are turned up so
that I cannot hear sweet nothings whispered in my ear. I
just smile and give my husband a big kiss and whisper
something endearing back in his ear. Uh-oh. That was
his deaf ear.
Growing older is the pits, but at
least I have birds singing to me every day!