Mrs. Bell's class welcomed St. Anne's grandparent, Dr. Herman Ellis, MD for an informative visit last week as part of their unit on hearing and sight. Dr. Ellis described the basics of hearing that all medical students are taught, including ear anatomy, how sound travels, how our ears affect our balance, ear examinations, and the causes and treatment of ear infections. Our students examined a model of an ear, an otoscope, a 256 hertz tuning fork, and listened to their heartbeats using a stethoscope. They were surprised to experience how a tuning fork can be used to test hearing! They enjoyed his presentation and, of course, asked many questions.
"They were very engaged, they knew as many big words as I did, and they asked some tough questions. One young lady asked how long the cochlea is if you stretched it out. She made me do my homework! I looked up the answer over the weekend and sent it to Mrs. Bell to tell them (1.2" or 30mm). They could be tough on the pediatricians the next time they go in! Seeing the excitement in their eyes and smile on their faces was energizing for me!"
-Dr. Herman Ellis, MD
Thank you, Dr. Ellis, for sharing your time and expertise with our students!