Janet Revelle, Au.D.
Do you often feel dizzy, lightheaded or at-risk of falling? You are not alone. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, eight million American adults have reported a chronic balance problem and an additional 2.4 million reported a chronic dizziness problem.
Many body systems must work together to keep a person steady, and when these systems aren’t working properly or normally, balance problems ensue.
“When it comes to balance, the ears, eyes and motor system work together to keep a person on his or her feet,” says Janet Revelle, AuD., director of audiology. “Bacharach’s Balance Center provides diagnostic balance testing to assess and treat the cause of the problem.”
While there are many different medical problems that can cause balance disorders, the vestibular system is the most common cause.
“The vestibular system, including parts of the inner ear and the brain, helps control balance,” says Dr. Revelle. “The ears and the brain share the same fluids and nerve endings, so if someone has a balance problem, our first step is to provide a hearing evaluation to determine if it is an inner ear problem.”
Bacharach’s team of specialists, including audiologists and physical therapists, use several simple tests to diagnose the cause of the balance problem, testing leg and arm strength, vision, balance, walking ability, heart rate and rhythm and blood pressure. Once the cause has been determined, therapists create a treatment plan based on the exact condition.
“Because balance problems can be a result of many different factors, the treatments are very individualized,” says Dr. Revelle. “Therapists may recommend receiving an eye exam, reviewing medications or utilizing a new exercise or physical therapy plan that incorporates repositioning maneuvers and repetitive movements to retrain the body.”
For more information call the Balance Center at Bacharach (609) -748-5370.