June Recap: Ears, Sound and Balance

Medical scholars at June’s session learned all about ears, sound and balance. Scholars learned how to use otoscopes to look at the anatomy of the ear…

Looking inside the ear using an otoscope! #theladder #northmpls

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…and audioscopes – devices used to check hearing function.

Ladder scholars learning to use portable instruments designed to test hearing function #theladder #northmpls

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Medical scholars learned about use of tuning folks as another simple yet effective means for testing hearing function:

Ladder medical scholars learning about the use of tuning forks to test hearing function #northmpls #theladder

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Scholars also learned about how the inner ear is involved in balance, and they had the opportunity to try out a BAPS (Biomechanical Ankle Platform System) board – a tool physical therapists use to help patients regain balance after ankle, knee and hip injuries.

Medical scholar Tekya learning about balance and how it relates to the ears at June's Ladder #northmpls #theladder

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Tell the young scholars in your life, family, school, class and neighborhood about the Ladder – where they can not only develop academic and career goals for their future, but have a whole lot of fun in the process. They will also be actively supported and challenged to pursue their goals by mentors and resources from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences schools & colleges, the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, and Broadway Family Medicine. In addition, young scholars will be learning along side and supported by peers from their own communities and neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.

The next meeting of the Ladder is Saturday, July 11th (always the second Saturday of the month) at 12:30pm and open to scholars, parents and supporters agers 9 and older. There’s always learning AND fun – plus free lunch! The next meeting of the Ladder will be at the usual spot – the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

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