Books and DVDs About Balance and Dizziness Disorders
Titles listed are available for loan through public libraries in BC – if your local library doesn’t own a copy of a title that interests you, ask for it to be sent from another library through interlibrary loan.
Balance: In Search of the Lost Sense by Scott McCredie (2007)
A scientific, historical and practical exploration of how balance works. From simple motion sickness to astronauts' "space stupids" and from fetal somersaults to the Flying Wallendas, McCredie explores the physiology of equilibrium.
Balancing Act: For People with Dizziness and Balance Disorders by Mary Ann Watson (2001)
An overview of the human balance system and various causes of dizziness and vertigo. Includes information about medical help as well as self-help and support network strategies.
BPPV: What You Need to Know by P.J. Haybach, RN (2000)
Covers: structure and balance function of the ear; causes of BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo); testing and treatment of BPPV, including canalith repositioning and vestibular rehabilitation; and coping strategies.
Dizzy: What You Need to Know about Managing and Treating Balance Disorders by Jack J. Wazen (2004)
A comprehensive overview written by the medical director of the Balance Management Center at Lenox Hill Hospital and associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Feeling Dizzy: Understanding and Treating Vertigo, Dizziness, and Other Balance Disorders by Brian W. Blakley (1997)
Identifies and explains the three types of dizziness: vertigo, imbalance and fainting. Describes treatment options, from medication or surgery to therapy and rehabilitation. Outlines self-help options including relaxation techniques, biofeedback and exercise.
Finding Balance: Healing from a Decade of Vestibular Disorders by Sue Hickey (2011)
Hickey addresses her journey through over a decade of illness, from searching for a diagnosis, through years of treatment, and finally to rebuilding a life within the confines of what her dizziness will allow. Medical information in the book reviewed for accuracy by vestibular specialists.
Gaining Balance (DVD)
This BADD DVD contains exercises especially designed for people with vestibular disorders. The facilitator Pauline Martin, is a Vancouver vestibular physiotherapist. Interviews with dizzy people and a spouse show how dizziness changes lives.
A Hole in My Life: Battling Chronic Dizziness by Philippa Madeline Thomson (2016)
An inspirational personal account of living with superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (SSCD).
Living with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis by Drs. Lawrence McKenna, David Baguley and Don McFerran (2010)
Presents recent medical thinking and treatments, including sound therapy, and suggests effective self-help techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Topics include: relaxation therapy, getting a good night's sleep, avoiding relapse, and helping adults and children with these disorders.
Ménière’s Disease: What You Need to Know by P.J. Haybach, RN (1998)
Comprehensive information on Ménière’s history, anatomy and physiology, testing, conventional and alternative treatments, research, coping strategies, insurance issues, and resources for further material.
Terra Infirma: A life Unbalanced by Anna Jean Mallinson (2007)
A moving personal account of the author’s toxic reaction to the antiobiotic Gentamicin and how she learned to function without a working vestibular system.
Tinnitus Treatment Tool Box: A Guide for People with Ear Noise by Janice Mays (2010)
Describes a wide range of traditional and alternative approaches and coping strategies. Written by a clinical audiologist with over 20 years of experience who herself has tinnitus.
What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?: A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Conditions by Michael L. Johnson (2004)
These conditions often don’t respond to conventional medical treatment. The author, a Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, discusses various alternative ways to alleviate suffering, including optimum nutrition, prayer, healthier sleeping habits, visual or mirror imagery, and unilateral manipulation.