Monthly Archives: November 2011

Restoring Hearing & Lives in Nigeria

Dr. Green returned to Nigeria in October 2011 to train surgeons, perform ear surgeries and follow up with some of his former patients. He and former missionary Dr. Joel Anthis, of Katy, TX, performed ear surgeries (primarily stapendectomies and tympanoplasties with or without mastoidectomies) in Jos, Nigeria. Dr. Anthis also performed a few non-ear surgeries including endoscopic sinus surgery, laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy and the removal of a foreign body in the lung. Dr. Green and Dr. Anthis performed approximately 13 procedures.

Dr. Green trains Nigerian physicians during surgery

Dr. Green also followed-up with Stephen Kutchin, a Nigerian math professor who lost his hearing in 2002 and had cochlear implant surgery in 2007, performed by Dr. Green in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Stephen is doing well with his cochlear implant and had a celebration for the four years that he’s had his implant,” Dr. Green said. “He invited 30 of his friends and family and described how the implant had changed his life.”

The most common problem the physicians saw was chronic ear infections. There were also several patients who were profoundly deaf from medication toxicities, genetics or meningitis. Both Dr. Green and Dr. Anthis gave lectures to the family practice residents at Bingham University Teaching Hospital and demonstrated various ear surgeries for the ear, nose and throat surgeons.

Inside a Nigerian operating room

“The experience of delivering care in a third world country is always a humbling one,” Dr. Green said. “I am always grateful to be living in the U.S.A. I could have been born in a hut in Nigeria, but by the grace of God I was born in the U.S.A. I really enjoy the people of Nigeria. They are incredibly hard-working, devoted and loving people who are grateful for what we do.”



Watch a slideshow from Dr. Green’s 2011 trip to Nigeria:

Nigeria 2011 from Grace Courter on Vimeo.

Dr. Goddard Helping to Improve Patient Care in Florida

Dr. Goddard spoke at the Florida Society of Otolaryngology’s annual meeting on Sunday, November 13 at 10 a.m. in Kissimmee, Fla. “This year’s FSOHNS annual meeting was very informative, ” Dr. Goddard said. “Several excellent talks were given as ENT specialists around the state gathered with the goal of improving patient care.”


November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Alzheimer’s Association, causing problems with behavior, memory and thinking for those afflicted with this condition. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Studies have shown that hearing impairment in older adults is correlated with the progression of dementia. During the month of November, the Better Hearing Institute along with hearing health professionals around the country is raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have questions about your own hearing or the hearing of a loved one, call our office today at 904-399-0350 or read about our hearing consultations. If you are a caregiver for someone living with the disease, read the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Caregiving Advice for some helpful advice.


Dr. Goddard to Speak at FSO Annual Meeting

Dr. Goddard will speak at the Florida Society of Otolaryngology’s annual meeting on Sunday, November 13 at 10 a.m. in Kissimmee, Fla. In his talk, “New Considerations in the Management of Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence,” he will discuss the most current diagnosis and treatment plans for patients suffering from this syndrome.

The annual meeting will be a three-day educational event designed to inform and provide networking opportunites for otolaryngologists, facial plastic surgeons and associated healthcare providers.

JHBI Team Races for the Cure

Several staff members of the Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute and some of their loved ones participated in the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen North Florida Affiliate Race for the Cure in Jacksonville, Fla., on October 22.

The day started with a breast cancer survivor breakfast and celebration, followed by the 5K walk and 2K fun run in the downtown area.

“The best part was seeing all the survivors get honored,” Allison Jeffries said. “It was also really neat to see all the family and friends supporting those who had passed away or are still fighting.”

Jeffries participated in the 5K walk with her husband, daughter, grandson, nephew, and two cousins, one of whom is a five-year breast cancer survivor. Paula Johnson walked with her daughter. One of our audiologists, Dr. Elizabeth Pearson, also participated in the walk with her mom, who is a survivor, and her daughter.

“Many of the women at the walk have encountered and overcome the challenges of breast cancer,” Dr. Pearson said. “My mom is one of these women and we were able to walk together with my daughter and realize how grateful we are that she is here with us today. We recognize these challenges as making life interesting and we cherish the fact that overcoming them is what makes life so meaningful.”

Dr. Goddard ran the 2K fun run with his wife. He is enjoying participating in other awareness events as well on the East Coast, as he just joined the practice in July.

“It was truly wonderful to be involved in the North Florida Race for the Cure and to see so many people passionately supporting breast cancer awareness,” Dr. Goddard said.