Beyond the Vestibular System—Other Contributions to Balance Control While it was once assumed that abnormal balance was simply the consequence of the loss of vestibular reflexes, we now know that the role of the vestibular system is complex and only part of the story. While the vestibular system has a prominent role in balance control, some aspects of ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2014
Beyond the Vestibular System—Other Contributions to Balance Control
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  • Laurie King
    Department of Neurology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon
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Article   |   April 01, 2014
Beyond the Vestibular System—Other Contributions to Balance Control
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, April 2014, Vol. 18, 16-23. doi:10.1044/hhd18.1.16
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, April 2014, Vol. 18, 16-23. doi:10.1044/hhd18.1.16

While it was once assumed that abnormal balance was simply the consequence of the loss of vestibular reflexes, we now know that the role of the vestibular system is complex and only part of the story. While the vestibular system has a prominent role in balance control, some aspects of balance do not rely on the vestibular system or may be compensated for by other systems. A “system's” model of balance control assumes that balance control is a result of interacting sensorimotor systems. This article will summarize the role of the vestibular system in balance control and will overview other important systems that contribute to balance.

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