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UNC had an outstanding group of presentations, posters, panels and moderators at the recent American Academy of Otolaryngology meeting in New Orleans. We also recently had our annual educational retreat where we celebrated the accomplishments of our residency and planned for future educational improvements. We now turn to October with National Protect Your Hearing Month to raise awareness of hearing loss and how to avoid damaging your hearing. We are partnering with the North Carolina Zoo on many events including what was our first annual picnic in conjunction with World Rhino Day, which was an excellent event. Stay tuned as we join forces with the Greensboro Coliseum for National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Sincerely, Wendell G. Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, FACS Thomas J. Dark Distinguished Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

This October we ask you to be mindful of your ears and take the appropriate measures to both protect and preserve your hearing. Kevin Brown, MD, PhD provided some crucial information to help promote healthy hearing. 36 million adults in the U.S. have hearing loss. This statistic is even more striking when one considers that half of those half of those people are younger than 65. The most preventable cause of hearing loss is noise exposure. Prolonged exposure to noise can cause progressive loss of hearing due to injury to the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. Noise may dangerous to your hearing if: • You have to shout over noise to be heard • Noise is painful to your ears • Noise exposure makes your ears ring • Your hearing is decreased after exposure Ears should be protected if there is prolonged exposure to sound over 85dB (just below the level of a hairdryer) when using headphones, earplugs, etc. Turning down volume, especially on personal listening devices, is critical to avoiding long-term injury to hearing.

It’s Time for Your Flu Shot! The Department is excited to announce our recent partnership with the Greensboro Coliseum! All Healthcare Employees must receive their flu shot by 8:00am on Monday, November 18th. The vaccine is available: • Monday through Friday, UNC Hospital, 1st Floor, West Wing — 7:00am-5:00pm (4:00pm on Fridays) • October 10th, 17th & 24th, UNC Hospital, 1st Floor, West Wing — 7:00am-8:00pm • October 16th, ACC — 7:30am-9:30am • October 16th, Carolina Crossing — 10:30am12:00pm

** No appointment is required**

As a part of our social awareness campaign, we are providing patrons with the means to enjoy the show and protect their hearing. October 2019


Upcoming Events October 16: ENT Grand Rounds presented by PGY-3 Resident, Douglas Farquhar, MD, Bioinformatics, 1st Floor, Room 1131

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October 16: 35th Annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture and New Faculty Welcome, Carolina Club October 23: ENT Grand Rounds presented by visiting professor, Robert Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS “Innovating for appropriate treatment intensity for HPV+ head and neck cancer: from robots to immunotherapy” Bioinformatics, 1st Floor, Room 1131 October 25: CCIC’s Hear ‘N Now Conference, 519 Church & Conference Center in Morrisville https://www.med.unc.edu/earandhearing/event/1-3-6-hear-n-nowfall-conference/ October 30: ENT Grand Rounds presented by Timothy Ives, PharmD, MPH, CPP, “Medical Use of Cannabinoids” Bioinformatics, 1st Floor, Room 1131 October 31: Happy Halloween! November 6: ENT Grand Rounds presented by Rick Stouffer, MD, “A Case of Inpatient STEMI” Bioinformatics, 1st Floor, Room 1131

Should You Have Your Tonsils Removed?

Amelia Drake, MD provides patients with all the information they need to know about tonsils, when to have a tonsillectomy, and how long it takes to recover. Read all about tonsils here.

Ellen Doutt welcomed her first grandchild, Zane David Doutt born on September 3, 2019.

The Department is excited to welcome the newest members of our clinical team! Shriee Campbell—CST at both locations Teresa Curry Lea—CST at both locations Stephanie Joyner, CMA— Meadowmont Esperanza Teodoro—Administrative Specialist at Meadowmont Samantha Waren—CST at both locations Kamryn Robinson—CST at both locations


Research News Congratulations to our Team Leads selected for fiscal year 2020! Clinic Scheduler—Michelle Solano Surgery Scheduler—Patricia Longest Meadowmont Nurse/Clinic Staff—Tracy Stalker Carolina Crossing Nurse/Clinic Staff— Kelly Kirkland Front Desk—Jessica Watts

Erika Gagnon, AuD, Hannah Eskridge, MSP, CCC-SLP, and Kevin Brown, MD, PhD analyze language development in pediatric CI patients under the age of 5 to determine the impact of device wear time on receptive and expressive spoken language outcomes.

EPIC has released training videos on the UNC Training Healthcare intranet site. The two videos featured below are: “It’s Possible to Get the Most Out of Notes” and “Its Possible to Rearrange Your Navigators” Please click the photos to be redirected.

“Multimodal Analgesia Protocol after Head and Neck Surgery: Effect on Opioid Use and Pain Control” was published in the September Issue of The Oto Journal. The article looked at the multimodal analgesia plan and how it can be used to reduce opioid use after head and neck surgery. The authors include: Eugenie Du, MD, Zainab Farzal, MD, Elizabeth Stephenson, MD, April Tanner, MD, Katherine Adams, MD, Douglas Farquhar, MD, Mark Weissler, MD, Samip Patel, MD, Jeffrey Blumberg, MD, Maryam Jowza, MD, Trevor Hackman, MD and Adam Zanation, MD

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