In addition to managing hearing loss and tinnitus, Audio Help is also able to assist patients experiencing issues with balance and dizziness. Dr. Jennifer Donath is certified by the American Institute of Balance and provides vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation services at Audio Help.
What is Vestibular Dysfunction?
The vestibular system centralizes around the inner ear and brain, and helps control balance and eye motion. This system can become damaged through illness, injury or the aging process.
Symptoms can vary from patient to patient, but include:
- Vision disturbances
- Hearing changes
- Cognitive changes
Testing for Vestibular Dysfunction
A thorough review of your medical history is necessary when beginning the evaluation process. Additionally, there are several diagnostic tests that can be performed. Because of the intricacies of the inner ear and brain, multiple tests may need to be performed to effectively diagnose the condition such as:
- VNG or ENG – video-nystagmography
- ENG – electronstagmography
- Motion Testing
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
After diagnosis, Dr. Donath can create a treatment plan. The vestibular rehabilitation therapy that Dr. Donath offers is an individualized treatment plan and including exercises the patient can complete at home. The rehabilitation includes canalith repositioning for BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), and vestibular therapy for uncompensated vestibular weaknesses and oscillopsia (visual disturbance).
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of vestibular dysfunction, schedule an appointment at Audio Help and learn how Dr. Donath can help.