The vestibular system is the sensory system which contributes to our balance and our sense of spatial orientation which gives the input about movement and equilibrioception.
The vestibule is the part of the inner ear where the semicircular canals converge, near the cochlea. The vestibular system works with the visual system to keep objects in focus when the head is moving. This is called the (VOR) vestibulo-ocular reflex.
Audiologist specializes in vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness,disequilibrium and vertigo. We offer specialized assessment and treatment for all types of balance disorders.
The causes that cannegatively affect the vestibular system include:
Meniere’s disease/Autoimmune inner ear disease
Acoustic neuroma/Vestibular schwannoma
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Ramsey hunt syndrome/Herpes Zoster oticus
Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
In general, balance problems are usually neurological, orthopedic,or sensory in nature. We commonly treat a wide range of inner ear disorders, neurological problems, head injuries and other traumas.
Part of the function of the inner ear is to keep the brain informed about how the head is moving and where the head is with respect to gravity. The brain uses this information to make compensatory movements of the eyes to keep them fixed on what you are looking at.
To maintain good health, balanced body structure is necessary. Patients who suffer from balance disorders often report a variety of symptoms such as imbalance, dizziness, falls and walking difficulties.
This is due to damage to the vestibular system. New treatments and exercise programs are available for vestibular and other balance problems, often with very good results.