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Issue 47 April 2019

Curing sudden deafness needs help from people with and without the condition

Imagine waking up one day to find you cannot hear out of one ear. This is the frightening reality for patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a rare condition that affects as many as 20 out of every 100,000 adults.

“The research and clinical community is still learning about this condition,” says Dr. Desmond Nunez. To accomplish this, the research team has enlisted the help of volunteer participants, including Marc Saunders, VCHRI’s own clinical research and community outreach coordinator. 

I say yes  

to participate in research because I feel that if I have the ability to help someone, I also have the obligation.
 – Marc Saunders, Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research

What effect does medication have on Parkinson’s patients’ decision making and risk taking behavior?

This study will examine the effects of Parkinson's medication on decision making and risk taking in Parkinson's patients and healthy controls.

Can a vaccine help to prevent Clostridium difficile infection?

This study aims to determine if a vaccine is safe, tolerable and can prevent the development of Clostridium difficile infection in at-risk patients. 

How can we improve preoperative information sharing with knee replacement patients? 

This study aims to assess patients' experiences to determine ways to improve the preoperative information provided to individuals undergoing total knee replacement surgery.

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Helpful tips for preserving good hearing

by Drs. Desmond Nunez and Printha Wijesinghe
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Avoid loud noise exposure. Examples of high decibel noises include: airplanes taking off, power tools, sirens, fireworks and live music. Always use ear protection–like ear plugs or muffs–if you are working with loud machines or in a noisy environment.  Seek medical advice early if you develop any kind of hearing loss. A delay in diagnosis can lead to a poor prognosis. 

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