Do You Experience dizziness?
Vestibule screenings. fall risk assessments. treatment for benign paroxysmal vertigo.
Are you familiar with that dreadful sensation of feeling off-balance and dizzy, as if you are spinning, or the world around you is spinning?
Do You Have Any Of These Symptoms?
The vestibular system is a sensory system that contributes to your sense of balance and spatial orientation. If the brain cannot rely on the information it receives from the vestibular system, your ability to maintain posture and coordinate balance can become overly dependent on vision or on the information received from the muscles and joints. If your vestibular system is not working properly you lose proprioception – the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.
Vestibular & Balance Screening
Balance and vestibular tests are used to detect a variety of symptoms relating to the integration of balance, vision, and proprioception.
With such a wide range of hearing and balance disorders, many of which have similar symptoms, it’s important for an audiologist to make an accurate diagnosis in order to come up with a successful treatment plan. Diagnostic testing plays an important role in determining the condition responsible for your suffering.
Balance and vestibular testing is used to determine the source of specific symptoms you are experiencing such as dizziness.
The tests are performed to measure balance, vision, and proprioception, also known as the vestibular system.
fall risk assessments
Do you have a hearing problem now? Have you fallen recently?
Falls are a serious event as they are costly to overall health. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury. Falls can cause head injuries and broken bones that often lead to other health issues. While the risk of falls increases with age, falls are not a normal part of aging and are often a preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are several risk factors for falls. Falls often occur when you have several risk factors such as:
• Lower body weakness
• Dizziness and imbalance
• Certain medications
• Vitamin D deficiency
• Poor vision
• Decreased sensations in your feet
• Home hazards such as rugs and stairs
The balance system incorporates sensory information from the vestibular (ear), visual, and proprioceptive (sense of touch) systems. The body uses all of this information to interpret the environment so that we can maintain balance. The vestibular system provides key sensory information to the balance system and is located within the inner ear. An intact, well-functioning vestibular system helps in the prevention of falls.
Do you think you or a family member may have a vestibular / balance disorder? It may be from a recent fall. Our team can perform a fall risk assessment asap.
benign paroxysmal vertigo
What is it?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo, which is a false sensation of spinning.
BPPV is a mechanical problem in the inner ear. It occurs when some of the calcium carbonate crystals (otoconia) that are normally embedded in gel in the utricle become dislodged and migrate into one or more of the 3 fluid-filled semicircular canals, where they are not supposed to be. When enough of these particles accumulate in one of the canals they interfere with the normal fluid movement that these canals use to sense head motion, causing the inner ear to send false signals to the brain. The vast majority of cases occur for no apparent reason, with many people describing that they simply went to get out of bed one morning and the room started to spin. However associations have been made with trauma, migraine, inner ear infection or disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, intubation (presumably due to prolonged time lying in bed) and reduced blood flow.
BPPV is a common problem, and will be encountered more and more as our population ages. The impact can range from a mild annoyance to a highly debilitating condition, and can affect function, safety and fall risk. Fortunately, symptoms tend to decline over time as the brain slowly adjusts to the abnormal signals it is receiving, or because the condition spontaneously resolves.
Stinson Audiology Services has a certification from The American Institute of Balance for vestibular rehabilitation. We are trained in the assessment and treatment of BPPV, and our patients are pleased that their problem can be easily corrected so their world can stop spinning.