Health tips: hearing loss, ancient humans focus of lecture, pre-natal class this week


    Could you repeat that?

    Perhaps someone has told you the television volume is too loud or you may not be able to understand people in a noisy environment. These can be signs of possible hearing loss.

    Most adults will experience some hearing loss as they get older, and loud noises can cause hearing loss over time.

    Lynzee Cornell, Ph.D., clinic director of UofL Physicians – Hearing & Balance, says the side effects of some chemotherapy drugs also can cause hearing loss.

    “These same drugs can also cause ringing in your ears, or tinnitus,” Cornell said. “There are approximately 16 million cancer survivors in the United States. More than half of them may suffer from treatment related, or ototoxic, hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

    “Communication is crucial to living your best life as you journey through cancer treatment and beyond. You want to be able to hear, listen, and understand your family, friends and health care providers so that you feel connected to your village,” she said.

    For more tips and information about hearing loss and hearing loss treatment read Cornell’s complete blog.

    What do old bones tell us about the health of ancient humans? Beer with a Scientist, March 13

    At the next Beer with a Scientist, Fabian Crespo, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at UofL, will explain what bioarchaeologists learn about health and disease from the skeletons of ancient humans.

    “By studying different skeletal markers where inflammation is involved, bioarchaeologists can reconstruct immune competence in human skeletal samples. These osteoimmunological findings can help us understand the relationship between immune and bone cells,” Crespo said. “However, to better understand what these findings reveal about human health in the past requires discussion among immunologists, bioarchaeologists and historians.”

    Crespo’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at Holsopple Brewing, 8023 Catherine Lane, Louisville, 40222. An informal Q&A session will following the 30-minute presentation.

    UofL Hospital offers free prenatal, infant care class this Saturday

    The Center for Women & Infants at UofL Hospital will offer a free prenatal and newborn care class to the public this Saturday, March 16 to help families prepare for their new arrival.

    Topics covered in the daylong session, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include a woman’s body changes during pregnancy, signs of true labor, comfort techniques, medical procedures, vaginal and cesarean delivery, kangaroo care, postpartum care, infant nutrition and breastfeeding.

    Register online. Attendance during the second trimester or after the 20th week of pregnancy is recommended.

    Classes are held in the Glass Room, located in the basement of the UofL Ambulatory Care Building, 550 S. Jackson St., across from UofL Hospital. Parking is free in the hospital’s garage. Please bring parking ticket to class for validation.

    For more information, call the Center for Women & Infants, 502-562-3094.


    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.