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Lunch and Learn

Who doesn’t love to learn . . . and enjoy lunch while doing so? Schedule a time to learn about the correlation of hearing loss, balance disorders, and cognitive decline to many of the health issues facing your patients today. Schedule My Physcians Office Lunch and Learn Call 402-489-4418 to schedule!

Diabetes Mellitus – Optometry, YES Audiometry, Absolutely!

Patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) have a moderately increased risk for hearing loss. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies range the risk from 18% – 60%. The micro-vascular complications for the ear include thickening of the basal membrane of the stria vascularis capillaries along with other neuropathic changes. This reported increased risk puts the need for a …

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Participate in Research

Earn $50 while supporting a fellow colleague and her research. The details from Dr. Urbanski are listed below. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Adults aged 65+ with a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia Care partners (family members/significant others) aged 21+ of an older adult (age 65+) with diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease or other …

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How do we decrease cognitive load for our patients and lower their risk of incidental falls?

Vision and hearing impairment are two of the most modifiable risk factors that when left untreated, lead to a higher incidence of falls in older adults. We strive to assess patients holistically, understanding how their hearing, balance and cognition affect their daily lives. Our plan of care focuses on preventative, rehabilitative and strategies for impactful …

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Is Dizziness Normal as We Age?

Peripheral vestibular and somatosensory function decline in later life. They were once thought to be responsible for dizziness in the elderly. However, once these are ruled out, where else should we look? Recent studies are investigating the link between cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) with dizziness. cSVD is common in adults over 60 years and …

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Better Brains

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month You can take care of yourself by taking care of your brain. It’s what makes you, YOU! Our brains are like any other muscle in our body; they need frequent exercise. The exciting news is that brain exercises come in a variety of forms. These include art, music, …

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Does cognitive impairment increase a patient’s risk for falls?

In addition to its importance for understanding how we understand speech, Cognitive Screenings helps us understand a patient’s executive function, which is the domain most commonly associated with gait dysfunction. Early detection is key. We strive to assess patients holistically, understanding how their hearing, balance and cognition affect their daily lives. Our plan of care …

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Persistent Dizziness – Central, Peripheral or Psychogenic?

Persistent Dizziness – Central, Peripheral or Psychogenic? Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD) is the dizziness that lasts for over three months with no clinical explanation for its persistence. Most of these patients are menopausal female with migraines that manifest significant anxiety. PPPD is a relatively new diagnosis that involves the vestibular-thalamic pathways, responsible for body movement …

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It All Starts with Good Intake!

We can glean a great amount of information from our standard intake procedures. However, the evaluation of dizzy patients is more difficult due to symptoms that may point us to many possible diagnoses. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) is widely used in the assessment of dizziness-related disability and can help us distinguish between patients with …

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