4th… From Out-Thinking … ears and tongue

8 VESTIBULOCOCHLEAR NERVE

Cranial Nerve 8 – “the auditory vestibular nerve, transmits sound and balance information from the inner ear to the brain.”

“PwP have very poor balance and may experience dizziness. These symptoms become more pronounced if the disease is allow to progress. PwP are often hyper-sensitive to noise and can become averse to listen to music.”

………………………….That explains so much!! I need noise going… either white noise, or background noise from TV or radio, to help me cope with little noises. Even to hear myself eating causes agitation. It is so difficult to keep calm and say nothing, when someone swishes fluid around in their mouth. I hear people swallow. I yelled at a guest, because they were eating popcorn before I could get the noisy fan turned on to drown out the noise. grrrr. now I understand.

TONGUE

9 GLOSSOPHARYNGEAL NERVE 

Cranial Nerve 9 – “connected to tasting, swallowing, salivary secretions and visceral pain, supplying the tonsils, pharynx, middle ear and the posterior third of the tongue.”

“Loss of sense of taste is strongly associated with PD symptoms, as is dry mouth, thickened saliva and/or dribbling. Visceral pain (dystonia) is also frequently involved.”

…………………………I’m not sure how much ability to taste I might have lost. Just like a person doesn’t realize how impaired their vision is, until they get fitted with a proper lens. But I have noticed the cashews I have always enjoyed seem flavorless. The biggy here, for me, is the drooling. When I am focused on a task, my mouth is relaxed… I forget to swallow, until the drool splashes on my hand.

TONGUE, MOUTH

12 HYPOGLOSSAL NERVE

Cranial Nerve 12 – “controls tongue movements required for speech and swallowing, including sticking out the tongue and moving it from side to side.”

“Speech problems are another classic, major and degenerative feature of PD, as are issues with swallowing.”

……………………………… Although I have soft speech and occasional choking issues, I think my tongue still works reasonably well.