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Balance Problems

Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:55:35 PM Australia/Melbourne

Balance ProblemsBalance problems are one of the many side effects associated with hearing issues or loss. It’s a system of our bodies that we don’t realize the role or the importance of. Our balance system is what helps us to walk, to run, to move around without falling. Many are surprised to learn that your balance is actually controlled by signals between the brain, and the sensory systems of the body (muscles, skin, joints), your eyes, and the vestibular system in your inner ear.

 

When your balance is weakened, you may feel unsteady on your feet, you may feel woozy, and you may feel disoriented. Your vision may be blurred; you may experience a sensation of movement. You might not even be able to walk without lurching side to side.


If you experience: light-headedness, loss of balance, or you feel unsteady on your feet, you may be experiencing dizziness. It is one of the most common complaints and actually affects up to 20% to 30% of the general population.

 

The Audio-Balance Clinic has been established to perform complete audiological and vestibular function tests, using the latest state of the art equipment enabling greater precision in the diagnosis of balance dysfunction. In many cases our investigation can be useful even if only to eliminate peripheral and / or central pathology. We form part of a team which includes an ENT specialist, neurologist, vestibular physiotherapist and audiologists.

 

This multidisciplinary approach will ensure best patient care as they will have access to different healthcare professions with specialised skills and expertise.

The Audio-Balance clinic is located at 3/19 Norwood Crescent, Moonee Ponds, opposite the Moonee Ponds railway station.

 

When a condition has been diagnosed which may be helped with rehabilitation, your audiologist will advise you. So what does the rehabilitation process entail? Vestibular rehabilitation is an individualized exercise program to essentially retrain your balance. The retraining process will teach compensations that can decrease dizziness levels and improve balance abilities. Physical therapists and occupational therapists are trained to provide extensive vestibular rehabilitation. Rehabilitation with a clinician who specializes in vestibular rehabilitation may be effective in minimizing or relieving some of the symptoms.  Please confirm with your audiologist or your Hearlink professional, that they offer these services or can refer you to someone they recommend, when being tested.

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