2022 SECD Research Roundup - Manuel Vicente
Manuel Vicente, a third-year Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.), discusses his background in research, along with his capstone project studying how people with vestibular loss are affected by fatigue, and how research helps him as a clinician.
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[00:00:00.000]So, right after college, I
[00:00:01.634]decided I wanted to go into
[00:00:03.636]some type of health, healthcare field,
[00:00:05.605]um, but I wasn't quite sure which one.
[00:00:07.807]Uh, so I just, uh
[00:00:09.676]took a look at different jobs, um
[00:00:11.778]uh, and then
[00:00:13.213]throughout my gap year, I started to work in research.
[00:00:16.316]It was a surprise that it was auditory research.
[00:00:18.852]It was in a speech, uh, recognition lab.
[00:00:23.323]that's where I started to learn about audiology,
[00:00:25.492]and I went ahead and, um
[00:00:27.227]uh, talked to different audiologists,
[00:00:30.063]um, observed in the clinic, and
[00:00:33.333]that really kicked in and then I
[00:00:35.468]decided to, uh, go into graduate school.
[00:00:37.637]So, my capstone project looks
[00:00:38.938]at, uh, fatigue in individuals with vestibular loss.
[00:00:42.409]We took a
[00:00:43.109]a look at three different characteristics,
[00:00:45.011]such as sleep,
[00:00:47.547]and then cognitive, uh, fatigue.
[00:00:49.816]And then, um, we just wanted to
[00:00:51.785]see how fatigue affects those individuals
[00:00:54.254]in their daily lives.
[00:00:56.056]Um, so we took a look at how
[00:00:58.525]their sleep, um, changes
[00:01:00.860]throughout the, uh, the week
[00:01:02.562]or throughout their time that they
[00:01:03.830]participate in the study.
[00:01:05.432]Um, and then we also did some
[00:01:08.234]and we had them come in and then
[00:01:09.636]uh, do a couple aerobic fitness measures
[00:01:12.005]and then some cognitive and balance measures.
[00:01:14.607]So, we found that um
[00:01:16.910]people with vestibular loss
[00:01:18.211]do, uh, report increased fatigue,
[00:01:21.247]uh, especially when it comes to sleep.
[00:01:23.483]Their sleep patterns are all over the place
[00:01:26.052]um, when you compare them
[00:01:27.587]to a neurotypical person
[00:01:29.756]or, uh, a person without vestibular loss.
[00:01:32.559]Um, and so we hope to
[00:01:34.794]be able to um
[00:01:36.396]use some of the questionnaires and
[00:01:37.764]some of the questions that we included in our study
[00:01:40.967]um identify those people that
[00:01:42.936]do suffer from
[00:01:44.304]uh fatigue and
[00:01:45.772]and have vestibular loss.
[00:01:47.507]And then hopefully
[00:01:48.441]that'll um help
[00:01:50.910]treatment for those individuals
[00:01:52.345]when they come into the clinic.
[00:01:53.480]So, I think
[00:01:54.080]uh research really helps me
[00:01:56.116]um think ahead.
[00:01:57.584]Um I like to um
[00:01:59.619]be able to identify some
[00:02:00.920]uh problems that we have in the clinic
[00:02:02.989]and then find ways to
[00:02:04.924]solve those problems in a way.
[00:02:06.893]Um and I think that does um
[00:02:09.395]make us think about those different research questions
[00:02:11.598]that we can apply
[00:02:12.799]in the laboratory and then
[00:02:14.868]um transfer them into the clinic.
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