A Demanding and Stressful Semester
It has been over two weeks since the onset of my sinus infection and still no sign of improvement. In fact, my thresholds have worsened, showing a unilateral mild-moderate conductive hearing loss in my right ear. Tympanometry yielded similar results from last Friday. The feelings of aural fullness and annoyance from tinnitus have both increased as well. I must reiterate that I will never again overlook a mild hearing loss in any patient in the slightest way. I can fully attest to the fact that even a small shift in hearing causes a host of problems in not only communication with others but basic day-to-day functioning and well-being. Being a proud T, this was a necessary lesson in empathy as a clinician.
I am sure that multiple factors have contributed to the infection and slow healing process. This past winter was relatively mild across the U.S. My physical activity and diet admittedly has been either lacking altogether or inconsistent for the better part of this semester. (I devoured a pack of those delicious yellow Easter bunny marshmallows on Sunday.)
It has also been the most demanding and stressful semester to date. Each course this term has been uniquely challenging in its own distinct ways. The workload is heavy, as just over two weeks remain in the semester. Most projects/assignments remaining in each course involve group work, meaning that I cannot shape my own schedule at the close of the term as I've become accustomed to doing for several years now. I suppose I could, but ticking off classmates in the last two weeks is generally not advisable. Everyone is in a mad dash to prepare their research projects for presentation on the 20th. My practicum obligation remains two full days per week.
All of that being said, I have no complaints. This is what we AuD students do, right? On that note, I'd like to take this opportunity to ask for all of your support in helping a student and friend of mine at Gallaudet University in collecting data for her own research project. It is quick survey for audiologists, dispensers and AuD students on telecommunications pertaining to audiologic rehab. It is an interesting topic and I know that she would be most appreciative for your help. Just follow this link.