Feeling Dizzy or Imbalanced?

A sudden experience of dizziness or disorientation can be a troubling experience, especially when the onset is sudden! An experienced audiologist, or medical professional, can assist with getting to the bottom of the problem.

How can NB Hearing and Balance Help You?

  1. Vestibular System Balance Assessment

Our balance assessment typically involves a series of non-harmful, computer- and camera-based tests designed to evaluate the body’s ability to sense and respond to changes in movement, posture, head and eye synchrony, and orientation relative to gravity. A sensory vestibular system examination can identify any deficits in the complex vestibular system and proprioceptive (sensory feedback) system. A hearing assessment is also necessary, as many conditions affect both parts of the auditory system (hearing and balance) – a differentiation of the type of problem will lead to a more accurate diagnosis and better management.

During your balance assessment, our experienced audiologists will first ask in depth questions about your symptoms and their impact on your lifestyle, as well as any other health conditions or medication, that may be linked to your balance or dizziness problem.

We will interpret all of the data from the tests we have deemed most necessary, in order to conclude whether you have a problem that is based in the auditory system. These results will be shared with you, as well as your referring medical doctor (or if one is needed, we will refer you). Depending on our diagnosis, your medical doctor may require imaging or blood tests, if our results indicate that these could help your progress.

  1. Vestibular Rehabilitation | VRT

VRT is a form of therapy that is used to treat balance problems and dizziness. It is based on the concept of neuroplasticity, which means that the nervous system can learn new skills or adapt its function over time.

Vestibular rehabilitation typically involves a combination of exercises and lifestyle modifications to help individuals regain control and improve their balance. Lifestyle modifications may include changes to diet, sleeping habits, fluid intake, posture, or activity level, among others.

In addition to these physical components, vestibular rehabilitation may involve counseling with our experienced counseling audiologist, to help lessen the stress and anxiety that can be associated with dizziness and its impact on your everyday life. These techniques can be used to build confidence in safely performing activities of daily living, as well as increasing your overall quality of life.

If you think you have a balance disorder and can benefit from our care, contact us at 021-203-4327 to book an appointment at our NB Hearing and Balance Durbanville practice.