Functional Assessment and Management of Peripheral Vestibulopathy Peripheral vestibular dysfunction is a relatively common cause of dizziness, oscillopsia, and imbalance. These symptoms diminish the quality of life of the affected individual while contributing significantly to medical care costs. Incorporation of functional measures of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and vestibulo-spinal reflex are considered here as a way to improve ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2009
Functional Assessment and Management of Peripheral Vestibulopathy
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  • Richard A. Roberts
    Vestibular Services, Alabama Hearing & Balance Associates, Inc., Foley, AL
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Article   |   November 01, 2009
Functional Assessment and Management of Peripheral Vestibulopathy
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, November 2009, Vol. 13, 40-53. doi:10.1044/hhd13.2.40
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, November 2009, Vol. 13, 40-53. doi:10.1044/hhd13.2.40
Abstract

Peripheral vestibular dysfunction is a relatively common cause of dizziness, oscillopsia, and imbalance. These symptoms diminish the quality of life of the affected individual while contributing significantly to medical care costs. Incorporation of functional measures of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and vestibulo-spinal reflex are considered here as a way to improve identification and ultimately management of patients with uncompensated peripheral vestibulopathy. Specifically, tests of dynamic visual acuity and postural stability are discussed. Once correctly identified, vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) offers an excellent option for amelioration of the symptoms of these patients. The principles of VRT are also discussed.

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