Did you know that balance disorders are typically under diagnosed and under treated? An estimated 35% of U.S. adults aged 40 years and older experience vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives…that’s approximately 69 million Americans!
It has been estimated that most patients with vestibular problems visit 4-5 doctors before receiving an accurate diagnosis, having to deal with the symptoms of dizziness for over a year. Symptoms can often produce disabling symptoms that include vertigo, dizziness, hearing and vision problems, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can greatly affect the day-to-day function of these individuals.
By approaching a vestibular specialist sooner, these individuals can avoid the life altering consequences of dizziness. Your balance system is primarily located in the inner ear – which connects with the brain, brainstem, eyes and sensory nerves located throughout your body. At ESHC our audiologists have the ability to assess where your imbalance is occurring throughout your body through a number of highly sophisticated tests.
With the results of the test your audiologist will work with your physician to create a treatment approach that will help to alleviate the issues of balance.