Falling, dizziness, lightheaded, vertigo, and spinning may describe this common problem with our body and position. We use these descriptions to explain what is happening to us, or what we feel is happening in our environment. I mean, are we feeling like we are spinning or swaying, or is the room and surroundings about us that is moving. With each of these descriptions, we end with the very similar outcome. We become less mobile, we feel poorly with possible vomitting and vision related issues.
It is our quality of life that is affected when we suffer from these many balance related concerns. The first step in a solution and treatment for these concerns is a very thorough assessement of the balance system. This may result in a referral for an ENT or medical consult, as well as a thorough assessment of the hearing and balance system.
The audiologist provides the most comprehensive assessment of the balance system with the VNG. This test in general allows the monitoring of the eyes, nerve functioning, body movements, and the semi-circular canal as a comprehensive look at what is causing these affect’s on movement and quality of life. Our office is experienced in the assessment of the balance system, in addition to educating each person how their lack of balance can be best addressed. The patients family physician plays a valuable role in assisting and carrying out the recommendations of the VNG test.
What is your experience with balance and vertigo?
Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D
Doctor of Audiology
Family Hearing and Balance Center
Research Champion Member of the ATA (American Tinnitus Association)
Cardinal Hearing Centers (Division of Family Hearing and Balance Center)
Akron, Barberton, Northfield, Parma, Ohio
*Hearing aids, Balance, Vertigo, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Ear Ringing
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