At Audiology Consultants of Louisiana, we offer complete vestibular services for dizziness and balance problems, including diagnostics through vestibular testing and vertigo treatments including repositioning maneuvers and retraining therapy using the Balance Master®.
Vestibular problems are related to the inner ear and account for about 33% of all dizziness and balance problems.
The most common vestibular orders we diagnose and treat at our Alexandria dizziness and balance center include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Labyrinthitis (vestibular neuritis)
- Meniere’s disease
- Secondary endolymphatic hydrops
- Perilymph fistula
- Acoustic neuroma
Dizziness and balance issues related to the auditory system are common. Audiologists estimate that about a third of all adults over 40 have experienced vestibular dysfunction. Approximately 4% of Americans have chronic balance problems.
Diagnosing Dizziness and Balance Problems
If you’re experiencing vertigo, it’s important to visit a physician for vestibular testing. The examination process can reveal whether your condition is central (caused by the brain or spinal cord) or peripheral (caused by the inner ear), which determines your treatment options. Before testing, your Central Louisiana dizziness and balance healthcare provider will ask you questions about your symptoms, medical history and medications. After this, you’ll undergo a series of vestibular tests. Your doctor will examine your eye movements in several stimulated environments and will also attempt to recreate and assess your vertigo symptoms through movement.
Treating Dizziness and Balance Problems
Once your dizziness, balance or vertigo disorder has been identified and diagnosed, your audiologist will determine the best treatment plan for your condition. The most common and effective treatment in many cases is particle repositioning using the Epley maneuver and other similar exercises. Many vertigo disorders are caused by tiny loose particles, called canaliths, dislodging and getting stuck in your fluid-filled cochlea. Repositioning procedures are effective in moving these particles away from your cochlea and back to their original position, which eliminates dizziness and balance symptoms in most cases. If particle repositioning doesn’t alleviate your vertigo, your Alexandria audiologist may recommend other head exercises or medication.
Audiology Consultants of Louisiana is committed to providing our patients with cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments. Our office is equipped with a Balance Master, which is a piece of equipment that takes balance diagnostics and treatments to the next level. Depending on your needs, we may use the Balance Master to diagnose your condition; observe your balance capabilities while you’re sitting, standing, walking, running, turning and more; or provide treatment through interactive personalized exercises including seated balance, strength, standing balance, weight bearing, mobility and closed chain training.