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Apr. 18, 2020

Vestibular Testing Equipment: What is Essential?

Alan Desmond
We continue to respond to questions posed by readers as we make our way through this quarantine. Andy, AuD asked the following question: “I work in a multi-specialty private clinic here in the Caribbean. As our budget is somewhat limited, what diagnostic equipment is recommended or considered essential for establishing an appropriate vestibular clinic. We have family medicine and physiotherapy
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Apr. 06, 2020

The Dizziness History Interview

Alan Desmond
The importance of asking the right questions (and getting those questions answered) Today’s blog is inspired by a comment by Bruce Piner, AuD. We are all trying to be productive during this quarantine, so I have asked readers for suggestions. See Dr. Piner’s comments at the end of this blog. Having a clear understanding of the complaint is crucial to
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Mar. 23, 2020

Perspectives on Vestibular Testing and More Common Errors

Alan Desmond
I have done a couple of blogs over the years under the heading “Vestibular Brain Droppings.” Credit goes to George Carlin for the title. Basically, “Brain Droppings” consist of unrelated factoids or opinions that don’t fit neatly anywhere else. I am day five into home quarantine, so my brain is eager to be productive. I will ask it to be
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Feb. 25, 2020

Skull Vibration Induced Nystagmus Revisited

Brady Workman
It’s been two years since I discussed the skull vibration induced nystagmus test (SVINT) in the post Skull Vibration Induced Nystagmus Test: shaking up vestibular assessment?. Since that time, we have implemented skull vibration as a part of our regular vestibular assessment protocol. We currently utilize the North Coast Medical NC 70209 vibrator that is mentioned in the article The
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Jan. 20, 2020

What do you mean by dizzy?

Brady Workman
When working in a balance disorders laboratory it never fails that when you ask someone, “what brings you in to see me today” their reply is, “I am dizzy”. This limited description of symptoms is not very helpful in determining the source of ones symptoms and further questioning is required to better understand what is meant by, “I am dizzy”.
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Dec. 28, 2019

Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness: A New Diagnosis

Brady Workman
Dear Readers: During this holiday season, the editors at Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) are taking some time off. However, we are not leaving you without anything to read on our blog this week. Instead, we are publishing a special holiday edition filled with what we call our Readers’ Choices. Our Readers’ Choices featured this week are the posts
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Nov. 19, 2019

I Got 99 Ways to Treat BPPV, and Meclizine Ain’t One

Alan Desmond
Yes, I am paraphrasing Jay Z to discuss effective treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – or BPPV for short. It is difficult now to imagine that when I first started practicing in the early 80s, canalith repositioning (CRP) techniques for BPPV did not exist. My first exposure came when a personal friend came to my office with complaints of
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Oct. 21, 2019

Could Your Bifocals Increase Your Risk of Falling?

Brady Workman
Falls pose a significant risk, leading to severe injuries, reduced quality of life, and even fatalities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 4 individuals aged 65 and above experience a fall each year. In fact, falls are the primary cause of both fatal and non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults in the United States.
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Sep. 12, 2019

Dizziness and Driving

Alan Desmond
It is not unusual for patients to ask about their ability to drive after being diagnosed with a vestibular disorder. It is a reasonable and responsible concern without a clear answer. Our litigious society dampens our ability to clear a patient when we feel that they have adequately compensated from a chronic vestibular injury, or when BPPV symptoms have resolved. 
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Aug. 14, 2019

Dizziness and Imbalance in Children

Brady Workman
Dizziness and imbalance are some of the most commonly reported medical symptoms in an adult population, but are rarely encountered in a pediatric population and are estimated to affect anywhere from 0.4 to 5% of children in the United States. While this is a relatively low percentage of the population, there is also the potential that dizziness symptoms in children