Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about these innovations are:
- Jennifer Born – Public Affairs Director, American Tinnitus Association
- Ross Bogey DO – Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Michael P. Kilgard PhD – Associate Professor of Neuroscience: UT Dallas
- Robert L. Rennaker PhD – Associate Professor of Neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering UT Dallas
New research and applications in biomedical engineering and breakthroughs in technology for the brain are resulting in devices and technology that translate to clinical solutions for those who suffer from neurological conditions.
Research is showing that just like a computer, our brain has detailed circuits and we’re discovering more about its natural tendency to re-organize. Each time we learn something or store something, the brain works to accommodate this new information. Some things we previously thought were immune to cures or rehabilitation are now not the case.
The plasticity of the brain and its environment can help drive new connections, which can help our well being. New research, technologies and devices are significantly helping stroke victims. Tinnitus is another area in which significant progress is being made. Tinnitus, a perception of sound when there is no actual external sound, is manifested by a ringing in one’s ears. Presently 50 million people suffer from Tinnitus from time to time, and 16 million are chronic sufferers.
Some people are more at risk than others, with a disproportionate number of veterans suffering from Tinnitus. Presently 840,000 Veterans are Tinnitus disabled, making it the leading service connected disability for all veterans and all periods of service. And, since 2005, Tinnitus is increasing at the rate of 16.5% per year. The disability is costly. The Veterans’ Administration paid out Tinnitus disability compensation of $720 million in 2006 and today the figure is upwards of $1.28 billion with a predicted cost escalating to $2.75 billion in 2016. Blast induced stresses result in Tinnitus, hearing loss, chronic pain, motor impairments, cognitive impairments, communication challenges, PTSD, depression/ anxiety, and epilepsy. In addition veterans may experience 6-8 of these conditions, making it increasingly difficult for them to retain their jobs.
However there is hope. Join us as we talk about cutting edge innovations in how neurological conditions are treated and the science, research and new technology that is leading to more long lasting successes.
Thank you for being with us as we continue talking about things that really matter with people who care.
Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CSP
Executive Producer/ Producer
Management Analyst, Speaker, Consultant
2019 – 04.28.13