Let's Talk About . . . Information Sheets
A series of printer-friendly handouts reviewed by vestibular specialists and intended as general introductions to a range of topics related to balance and dizziness. Download and print these info sheets and pass them on!
Developmental optometrists look beyond the eyeball to determine how well your complete vision system is functioning. Their goal for dizzy patients is to improve their quality of life and help them return to work and other activities.
An introduction to BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), the most common inner ear balance problem. It is defined as sudden attacks of vertigo (spinning sensation) that last for less than a minute and are always triggered by certain head movements.
These exercises were developed to help compensate a stable vestibular loss in one ear (unilateral) such as following acoustic neuroma surgery, vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis or advanced stage (burn-out) Ménière’s disease. They are also helpful for the dizziness that follows concussion and BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). They will not help patients with spells of acute, active, recurrent, spontaneous vertigo (spinning sensation) – for example, acute vestibular migraine or Ménière’s disease – because the brain cannot adjust to the fluctuating nature of these disorders.
An overview of balance tests currently used to assess whether or not there are problems with the balance structures of the inner ear and/or and their connections with our eyes, central nervous system and the proprioceptive system.
In contemplative practice, a variety of methods are used to develop more healthy mental and emotional habits. Because there are so many types of contemplative practices, it is difficult give a general description of them.
Guide to the referral centres in BC that offer vestibular function testing, diagnostic and/or management services.
Guide to the various categories of health professionals in BC who diagnose, assess, treat and/or help people cope with vestibular disorders.
When a dizzy patient walks through their door, what is going through the mind of primary care physicians? First, they think about how to get a sense of what is causing the dizziness. They do this by listening to what the patient has to say. In addition, doctors watch for “red flags” that might indicate a medical emergency.
Cases involving balance and dizziness disorders are some of the most difficult to deal with. These cases are difficult because often the majority of symptoms are subjective and can only be verified by the individual who is experiencing them.
Overview of the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, medical and non-medical treatment of vestibular migraine, as well as a look at the role of testing and rehabilitation, and the barriers to treatment.
An overview of tinnitus and hyperacusis and techniques for their management.