Symptoms of a vestibular disorder can include nausea and vomiting, a diminished ability to concentrate, and fatigue. These symptoms may affect quality of life and lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, people may refrain from their daily activities in order to avoid experiencing the feelings of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. Inactivity reduces muscle strength and flexibility, increases joint stiffness, and can weaken overall stamina. Through balance testing and rehabilitation we provide an individualised care plan to address those areas of concern.
Shout Hearing Healthcare uses the latest ICS Impulse vHIT technology. It is the only vHIT equipment approved by Professor Halmagyi and Professor Ian Curthoys at Sydney University. It allows us to assess all six semicircular canals.
Your first appointment will involve an initial assessment by our university qualified audiologist which will take approximately 90 minutes. In the assessment of a dizzy patient, our test battery assesses the peripheral system (vestibular) and the central system (cerebellum).
The test battery includes:
- Detailed case history – including any history of previous falls; how symptoms impact on daily life; frequency and severity of symptoms
- Hearing test
- Physical exam of the eye when static and when tracking an object at different speeds – to examine how well eye movements are controlled
- Peripheral and Central testing to identify a potential area of weakness
The results are then integrated to enable the audiologist to provide a comprehensive report for the GP or ENT if required.
Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR) is an exercise-based program principally designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and imbalance. We adopt a problem-focused approach promoting compensation, which is achieved by customising exercises to address individual client needs. At Shout Hearing, we can also perform a repositioning manoeuver to treat BPPV and reduce the debilitating effects of vertigo. For other balance issues, we refer to an ENT, neurologist or balance physiotherapist, as required.
As part of our commitment to a holistic approach to healthy hearing and better balance, we run gentle yoga classes to help condition and improve general balance.
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You can also read more about the symptoms and causes of dizziness and balance disorders here.