The vestibular, or balance system, is a sensory apparatus located in the inner ear. It's purpose is to give you balance, allow you to see clearly while moving, and to provide spatial orientation.
Breakdowns in the vestibular system can lead to vertigo, dizziness, involuntary eye movement or the perception of movement or of the world moving around you. Up to 35% of adults 40 years and older – over 6 million Canadians – have a vestibular problem at some point in their lives. Vertigo most commonly occurs when there’s an issue with the inner ear, but can also be cause by conditions affecting the brain, like a tumor or stroke.
80% of patients with the symptom of vertigo have an inner ear disorder. However, in the case of severe vertigo where you are unable to walk unassisted, nausea, and/or vomiting, seek immediate medical attention (go to the hospital).
Whether you've experienced one attack of vertigo or have persistent dizziness or imbalance, a vestibular assessment will identify the specific region of the vestibular system where the breakdown has occurred, allowing for targeted treatments and improved outcomes.
Vestibular diagnostics and therapy are now available privately in Victoria. Following an extensive review of your medical history and your vertigo symptoms, an appropriate battery of testing will be determined. Tests performed may include:
The audiologist will interpret your test results and recommend follow up. A report will be sent to your physician, recommending medical treatment if indicated,
Sometimes, a repositioning maneuver can be performed, providing almost immediate relief of symptoms. In other cases, a customized program to exercise and 'rewire' is provided and follow up appointments are scheduled to ensure ongoing progress.
Address: 7159A West Saanich Road
Audiologist: Donna Stewart
Phone: (778) 426-4876
Address: 7819F East Saanich Road
Audiologists: Martine Schlagintweit, Aisling Smyth
Phone: (778) 351-1145
Our audiologists are licensed by, and registrants of, the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Any unresolved concerns about our practice may be reported to:
College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia
900 - 200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4
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