Michael P. Healy

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Smell impairment affects 1-2% of Americans and leads to frequent physician visits. Olfactory functional testing is available in chemosensory centers, but is frequently omitted in routine cranial nerve examinations. A new smell test, using the standard 70% isopropyl alcohol pad, was developed at the UCSD Nasal Dysfunction Clinic: The Alcohol Sniff Test(More)
A group of dyslexic students was examined by a central auditory test (CAT) battery including competing sentences, binaural fusion, filtered speech, and compressed speech. Auditory evoked brainstem responses (BSER) were measured in conjunction with the CAT data. The auditory tests indicate a high degree of failure in those areas requiring sophisticated(More)
A group of dyslexic pupils with normal end organ function was studied by a central auditory battery to determine whether a hearing disability existed. The clinical features of dyslexia are presented with emphasis on the psychological developmental and functional disorders associated with this reading problem. The central battery of Willeford was selected as(More)
The phenomenon of central presbycusis has been investigated employing a central auditory battery in elderly individuals with essentially normal hearing. The studies indicate a progressive loss in central auditory competence measured by simultaneous binaural challenges and frequency and temporal distortion tests. The rate of failure is related to age, on the(More)
Hearing loss, whether peripheral or central, compounds the communication and educational problems of the learning disabled student. A central auditory processing disorder uniquely interferes with both the input and integration of verbal information, further resulting in a potentially permanent cognitive dysfunction during the developmental period of(More)
The long-term effects of hearing loss in early life were analyzed by tests of central auditory function. A majority of individuals failed the Compressed Speech identification with statistically significant results. There was an impact on a minority of individuals evaluated by Dichotic Sentences; little impairment was noted through Speech Reception in Noise.(More)
BACKGROUND Measurements obtained from the insertion of a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) in critically ill and/or injured patients have traditionally assisted with resuscitation efforts. However, with the recent utilization of ultrasound in the intensive care unit setting, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has gained popularity. The purpose of this study(More)
The advent of magnetic resonance imaging and angiography has clarified the location and vascular basis for vertigo of a syndromal type. The composite presentation of a vestibular symptom with evidence of cranial nerve or cerebellar dysfunction suggests a lesion within the pons, medulla, or cerebellum. The location may be exactly defined by noninvasive(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES We performed a prospective analysis of iron status in plateletpheresis donors, using whole blood donors as a control group, to assess the haematinic effects of regular anti-coagulated extracorporeal circulation and platelet collection. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ferritin levels were measured in samples from 31 regular male(More)
This report describes the normal arterial patterns of the vestibulocerebellar regions visualized by magnetic resonance angiography. Variations in the vertebrobasilar arterial system are described, limitations in imaging are discussed, and collateral connections within the cerebellar vessels and the circle of Willis are reviewed. Clinical correlations are(More)