Vestibular / Balance Disorders
Dizziness, vertigo and imbalance are the second most common complaints heard in doctor’s offices.
National Institute of Health statistics indicate that dizziness will occur in 70% of the nation’s population at sometime in their lives. Although very common, acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may indicate serious health risks, or limit a persons everyday living.
Equilibrium disorders may be described in two categories.
The first is dizziness, vertigo or motion intolerance that may occur in acute or sharp attacks lasting only seconds or some times for hours. This may simply be caused or worsened by rapid head movements, turning too quickly or while walking or riding.
The second is a sense of imbalance, unsteadiness or what some people refer to as a loss of surefootedness.
We use Videonystagmography (VNG)
to assess inner ear vestibular function.
The VNG test administered in our facility consists of computerized recordings which allow the audiologist to use a wide sample of informative data for analysis. It utilizes a specialized camera system housed in a lightweight goggle to record the VNG data. The data is a determinant of whether a person’s dizziness is caused by the ear or if it is due to some other factor such as the central nervous system. Patient’s who are referred for testing must follow pre-test instructions prior to examination.
The first step to getting better is the proper diagnosis.
At Rehder Balance & Hearing Clinic, Inc., we provide the latest techniques in the assessment of balance disorders. Our audiologists have extensive training in the field of vestibular disorders and are unmatched in quality and commitment to patient care. According to the National Institute of Health, 85% of all equilibrium problems can be directly related to an inner ear disorder.
The various inner ear disorders that cause dizziness.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Symptoms include: attacks of vertigo with rapid and pitched head motion (e.g. rolling in or out of bed or simply looking up).
Rehder Balance & Hearing Clinic, Inc. provides repositioning treatment options for all forms of BPPV. There are several different approaches in the management of otolith dysfunction. These treatment protocols reposition the otoliths which have escaped from the utricle and are now floating in the semicircular canals back to the vestibule where they are reabsorbed. The procedure usually takes about 10-20 minutes. A 95% cure is usually obtained as an end result although some patients need to be treated more than once. It is nonsurgical, painless and has few if any side effects. Sometimes patients may experience mild transient vertigo for a few days afterwards.