Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert announced recently that he has been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). He reported that when he would stand up from a seated position, everything began to spin and subsequently he would fall or sit down. This particular type of vertigo is characterized by the sensation of either yourself or the world around you spinning, and lasting for a few seconds to a few minutes. It is typically brought on by head movements such as rising from a seated position, moving you head in a certain direction, or rolling over in bed.
Symptoms associated with BPPV are imbalance, nausea/vomiting, and visual changes such as objects seeming to jump or moving side to side. Possible causes can include head injury, ear surgery, migraine headaches, transient ischemic attacks or stroke, a growth inside the ear, or a virus within the ear.
BPPV can usually be corrected with special positioning treatments done in the office and exercises at home. However, it is important not to assume that all vertigo is BPPV and to make sure any causes aside from the inner ear are ruled out first. Contact your primary care physician if you begin to experience dizziness. Once cleared, they will then refer you to a hearing and balance specialist to help determine the cause of vertigo and develop the next steps to help correct it.
With the introduction of COVID-19, the world has changed in many ways. Masks are the new normal and staying six feet apart is common courtesy. Businesses are shut down or have major restrictions in place. There are many new and different ways each one of us has had to change our own lives. This includes what it is currently like to get a hearing test at JHBI. Here is an example of what to expect at your next hearing test appointment at JHBI:
Wearing a mask is mandatory throughout your entire appointment. Also, every staff member is wearing a mask at all times. This includes clear masks that many staff members have available for our patients who rely on lip-reading.
Your temperature will be taken at check-in using a no-contact thermometer.
Every patient and any person accompanying them must fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire.
Seats in the waiting room are limited in order to maintain social distancing.
Higher risk patients are taken to a different waiting room- for their safety.
Our staff is cleaning constantly to ensure your safety!
As you can see, at JHBI we take the safety and well-being of our patients very seriously. We hope that you feel comfortable coming to our office and we hope to see you and your mask soon!
New hybrid hearing device helps those who find hearing aids to be ineffective
By Charlie Patton Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 4:51 pm
Traditionally there have been two approaches to hearing loss: hearing aids to amplify sound for those who retained some hearing; and cochlear implants to restore some hearing to those who are totally deaf.
A new device, a Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System, has been approved by the FDA for use in people who have some hearing but have found hearing aids ineffective.
J. Douglas Green Jr., a neurotologist and founder of the Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute/The Hearing Center, calls the device “an extraordinary melding of technologies.”
The hybrid includes three elements: an implant that Green puts in place during a 90-minute outpatient procedure; a sound processor that converts high-frequency sounds to electric signals and sends them to the implant; and an acoustic component that functions like a hearing aid, amplifying low-frequency sounds.
The cochlear implant component restores the ability of people to hear high-pitched sound.
The hybrid “gives patients a more natural sound quality,” Green said. “People really like that. There is more clarity to the sounds.”
Green will offer free seminars about the implants: a dinner presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and a lunch presentation from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hotel Indigo, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle.
While seminars are free, seating is limited and a reservation is required. Go to HearingHealthSeminar.com or call (877) 432-7844.
Dr. Green hosts Ambassador/General Consul Geoffrey I. Teneilabe and the Nigerian Delegation at JHBI
Friday, June 6, 2014
J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, FACS, hosted Nigerian diplomats at JHBI www.jhbi.org, who were in town attending the USA vs Nigeria soccer tournament at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field. The purpose of the JHBI and The Hearing Center tour and subsequent meeting was to introduce the visitors to the nonprofit organization, Hearing Help For Africa (HHFA), a 501(c)3 dedicated to giving the Gift of Hearing by surgically inserting cochlear implants into adults and children in need in Africa, especially Nigeria.
City of Jacksonville leaders, specifically Tony Hill, director of Federal Policy, and Betzy Santiago, Special Assistant to the Mayor/International Office, brought Ambassador Geoffrey I. Teneilabe, former Ambassador (Washington, DC), now Consul General of Nigeria (Atlanta, GA), and a Nigerian entourage, which included local Nigerian leaders, as well.
HHFA is JHBI’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the healing ministry of Christ in Africa through medical education, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear and related structures. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for Africans.
After touring The Hearing Center, the international guests were greeted by Dr. Green, his wife, Kelley, and JHBI staff members in the conference room. Here they joined Lori Rakita, AuD, who was online via WebEx with hospital staff from Jos, Nigeria, where Dr. Green travels during the year to perform cochlear implant surgery.
The Jos hospital staff was introduced to the Nigerian guests, and Dr. Green explained how he “remotely” calibrates cochlear implants that were surgically inserted via the Internet from his office half way around the world.
The following evening, Dr. Green was the guest of Mayor Alvin Brown in the Nigerian Suite at EverBank Stadium so he could meet Nigerian Ambassador Professor Adebowale Adefuye on the occasion of the Nigeria vs USA soccer game, the last before the 2014 World Cup.
Dr. Green hosts the Nigerian Delegation at JHBI to introduce them to Hearing Help For Africa, the non-profit dedicated to giving the Gift of Hearing to those in need in Africa.
We opened The Hearing Center for several reasons. First, and probably most importantly, we needed more space. As our hearing aid, cochlear implant, and implantable hearing device programs continued to grow, so too did our need for more space and more efficient facilities. Secondly, we needed a more defined space where we could work closer together. At The Hearing Center, we have a repair lab, several consultation and fitting rooms, a sound booth, and plenty of room for all the necessary supplies that come along with a full-service Audiology practice within close proximity. Finally, we wanted a place where we could cater to the needs of our hearing aid and cochlear implant patients. At The Hearing Center, we’ve been able to accomplish just that: hearing aid and cochlear implant repair times are faster, patients are greeted by the same familiar faces, the office is set up to be compatible with hearing devices (come by and check our looped waiting room), and we’re working on creating a new hearing ‘store’, where we will have all sorts of hearing device supplies and accessories available.
That brings us to our new website – www.betterhearingjax.com. Like The Hearing Center, this website has been created to better serve those who have trusted us with their care. We hope this site will become a great resource for our patients, and for anyone who happens to stop by online. We have big plans for the site and are just getting started. We’ll soon have plenty of ‘how to’ videos available for patients and their families, an online store where items such as wax filters and hearing aid batteries can be purchased, an active blog with the latest news from the hearing care industry that will be maintained by our own Audiology staff, and a latest news section, where you can stay up to date on what’s going on at The Hearing Center.
Be sure to keep checking in. We have many exciting events planned for the Spring and Summer months, and you can be sure we’ll keep you posted at www.betterhearingjax.com.
Recently, Drs. J. Douglas Green Jr. and William Eblin Jr., both from Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, were invited speakers at the 2013 Weidner Symposium in Callaway Gardens, GA. The Weidner Symposium is hosted annually by the Auburn University Chapters of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Associations and the Student Academy of Audiology. This year’s topic for the Audiology track was vestibular assessment. The audience of around sixty included audiologists from the Southeast region and students and faculty from the Auburn University Doctor of Audiology program. Dr. Green’s sessions included an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and common pathological conditions of the vestibular system. Dr. Eblin presented on one of his specialty areas, vestibular assessment, and moderated a session of case study presentations.
Along with Drs. Green and Eblin, Ann Lienenwever, a physical therapist and the manager of Brooks Balance Center, spoke about Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Living in Florida can get pretty humid, especially in the summer months. Hearing aid users are frequently worried about sweat, rain, and moisture accumulation in their new hearing aid. Well, now there is a solution! Siemens has introduced its first waterproof and dustproof hearing aid: The Aquaris. The device is capable of working as deep as three feet under water and can be connected to their Minitek Bluetooth system. This allows the user to listen to bluetooth-streamed music while swimming, showering, or exercising. JHBI is a provider of Siemens instruments. Give us a call to learn more about this new and exciting product.