Is COVID-19 "Brain Fog" Actually an Auditory Processing Disorder? (0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs)
Presenter(s): Robert M. DiSogra, AuD
CEUs: 0.1 AAA/Tier 1 CEUs
Duration: 60 minutes
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge
The non-medical term “brain fog” has been used to describe the listening difficulties of adult COVID-19 survivors. Recent MRI research has identified reduced brain structure volume in several auditory areas of the brain that could affect auditory processing abilities. This web seminar will raise awareness of and attempt to prove that “brain fog” might actually be an auditory processing disorder. Specific tests (objective and subjective) will be reviewed to raise this awareness. Further recommendations will be made to manage these COVID-19 survivors.
1. Define the effects of COVID-19 on brain areas involved in auditory processing
2. Recognize the similarities between brain fog behaviors and auditory processing disorder behaviors
3. Differentiate which audiometric tests (objective and subjective) to select for COVID-19 survivors and what recommendations to make for patient management
Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, FAAA
Dr. Robert M. DiSogra is an audiology consultant in Millstone, NJ. Prior to his present position, he was the owner and director of Audiology Associates of Freehold, PC in New Jersey for 30 years. His 45 year professional career has included clinical, industrial, teaching and research positions. Dr. DiSogra received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. He developed and taught the Pharmacology/Ototoxicity distance learning course at Salus University from 2000 to 2005. He has also taught doctoral level classes at the University of the Pacific, the University of South Alabama, as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in Audiology at Kean University (NJ) Rutgers University (NJ) and St. John’s University (NY).
Dr. DiSogra has published extensively and presented many lectures, seminars, podcasts and webinars at AAA, ADA, ASHA and other allied health organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand on the following topics: COVID-19, CBD oil, pharmacology, adverse drug reactions an diabetes and hearing loss. The following is a list of his awards: 2020 Clinical Excellence in Audiology – American Academy of Audiology 2016 Dr. Joel Wernick Award – Academy of Doctors of Audiology 2013 Alumnus of the Year – Salus University 2003 Professional Leadership Award – Audiology Foundation of America 1995 Distinguished Clinical Service Award – NJSHA Dr. DiSogra is a US Navy veteran and worked as a radarman/operations specialist on the USS Luce (DLG-7) – a guided missile frigate He is a consultant to AudiologyOnline and The Audiology Project.
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