Vestibular and Balance Evaluation
Dizziness can be described in many ways, but no matter how it is described, dizziness and balance disorders can be very debilitating. Dizziness and balance disorders affect approximately 1/3 of the general population, with the incidence increasing with age.
Our bodies use vision, proprioception, and the vestibular system to keep us balanced. Vision is used to see if things are moving, proprioception is the ability of our joints and muscles to respond to changes in pressure, and the vestibular system acts as levels inside of our heads. All three of these things work together with our central nervous system to tell us where we are in space, if we are moving, in what direction we are moving, and how fast we are moving. If a part of the system does not function properly, the brain will receive faulty signals and perceive motion when one is sitting still.
Comprehensive evaluations on the balance and vestibular system are available at Augusta Audiology Associates. Specialized equipment is used to monitor the eye movements of the patient who is asked to complete a number of visual tests and who is moved into various positions. The recorded eye movements are then analyzed to determine the cause of symptoms and recommendations and referrals are made.