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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Hearing and Vision Impairment from Combat Trauma

July 24, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Consequences of blast exposure can lead to a variety of ocular, otologic and vestibular injuries. Serious combat eye trauma accounts for approximately 15 percent of all battlefield injuries and up to 75 percent of those affected experience short or long-term visual dysfunction. Hearing loss and tinnitus prevalence for service members and veterans is increasing 13-18 percent annually and account for the top two most common service-connected disabilities among veterans.

The majority of neurosensory disorders resulting from combat trauma are caused by mild traumatic brain injury. Understanding the mechanics of the injury and the associated research guides patient care and treatment recommendations. While there are assistive devices, technologies, training programs and support groups to assist those with vision or hearing loss, it is also important to provide psychological health support to the injured and their families.

This webinar will examine current research and evidence-based practices to reduce injury risk and enable prevention and treatment in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Describe hearing and balance disorders associated with combat trauma
  • Articulate the basic science concepts of neurosensory disorders
  • Incorporate evidence-based best practices into approaches supporting care and treatment methodologies
  • Summarize methods and tools known to reduce risk of injury to hearing and vision in a combat setting

Michael E. Hoffer
Capt., MC, U.S. Navy
Spatial Orientation Center
Naval Medical Center
San Diego, Calif.

Carey D. Balaban, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs,
Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology, Neurobiology, Communication Science & Disorders, and Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Robert A. Mazzoli, M.D.
Vision Center of Excellence
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, Wash.

Christian Shenouda, M.D.
TBI Physician
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Md.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before July 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. Review guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site.

DCoE’s awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

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