"Vestibular dysfunction is a leading cause of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. And, specially trained vestibular audiologists are the most well equipped to diagnose and treat this dysfunction.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) September 18, 2020
Since the dawn of modern medicine, doctors have undergone specialized training to diagnose and treat issues associated with specific systems and parts of the body. Cardiologists specialize in the heart. Pulmonologists specialize in the respiratory system. Podiatrists specialize in the feet and ankles. Specialists, and their respective fields of medicine, provide refined medical skills to better diagnose and treat medical issues associated with specific areas of the human body.
Likewise, audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders associated with the ear. Many people think hearing is the main function of the ear and solely associate audiologists with diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. In fact, the ears are organs that provide two main functions — hearing and balance. Therefore, today’s field of audiology also considers the millions of people in the United States and abroad who suffer from dizziness, vertigo and imbalance, as well as hearing loss and tinnitus.
“Contrary to what many people think, the primary function of the inner ear is equilibrium not hearing. Within the inner ear there are two distinct parts: The cochlea, for hearing, and the vestibular system for balance,” says Dr. Howard T. Mango, medical director and CEO of Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute. "Vestibular dysfunction is a leading cause of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. And, specially trained vestibular audiologists are the most well equipped to diagnose and treat this dysfunction."
Notably, 35 percent of adults aged 40 years or older in the United States—approximately 69 million Americans—have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. Eighty percent of people aged 65 years and older have experienced dizziness. Falling is one of the leading health concerns for people over the age of 60, and older people with chronic dizziness or imbalance are two to three times more likely to fall in comparison with older people who do not experience these problems. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Over a period of 30 years, the field of audiology has made huge strides in not only understanding the underlying causes of these widespread conditions, but through the development of advanced medical technology used to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate the patients who suffer from them.
Less than 15 years ago, videonystagmography (VNG), which tests only one portion of the inner ear, was the industry standard for diagnosing vestibular dysfunction. However, studies reveal 68 percent of patients with vestibular dysfunction were missed when only a VNG was performed. Now, sophisticated audiologists perform highly sensitive and very specific comprehensive diagnostic testing of all 10 vestibular end organs in the left and right inner ears.
Diagnostic advancements have outpaced advances in vestibular treatment. Though audiologists now diagnose vestibular dysfunction with great precision, many patients are still referred for treatment of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance to physical therapists who do not specialize in the vestibular system. In fact, traditional vestibular rehabilitation therapy directed by physical therapists delivers clinical efficacy of 50-70 percent, leaving 30-50 percent of patients without significant measurable improvement.
Now, there is a new, more effective, specialist-driven approach to the treatment of vestibular dysfunction. Audiologist-directed Advanced Vestibular Treatment™, which delivers nearly 90 percent clinical efficacy, providing many more patients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo and imbalance with significant measurable improvement.
In an age of specialization, audiologists can now diagnose and treat patients with vestibular dysfunction in one location. Through a nationwide licensing program, Dizziland, Inc. is licensing Advanced Vestibular Treatment (and the intellectual property it comprises), which was developed by Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute, one of the most successful balance centers in the country.
In a critical time where many baby boomers are aging and the U.S. population is further struggling with debilitating vestibular dysfunction, Advanced Vestibular Treatment is poised to more effectively (and conveniently) help patients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. It also stands to benefit audiology practices that are struggling in the COVID-19 environment and ease the burden on the country’s health care system.
If you are an audiologist and would like to learn more about how Advanced Vestibular Treatment is bringing the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular dysfunction into the 21st Century, please visit http://www.dizziland.com/AVT.
About Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute is one of the country's leading practices for the research, diagnosis and treatment of patients with vestibular dysfunction. Serving national and international patients, the Institute’s team of doctors of audiology utilize advanced, state-of-the-art technology in Newport Beach, California. The Institute provides both comprehensive diagnostic testing and proprietary Advanced Vestibular Treatment™ with a nearly 90 percent success rate. A full spectrum of audiological solutions is also offered to enhance hearing health, including adult and pediatric hearing loss evaluation, advanced hearing devices and tinnitus treatment. Since 1977, the Institute has served more than 50,000 patients. 500 Old Newport Blvd., Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | 949.642.7935 | http://www.dizziland.com.
About Dizziland, Inc.
Dizziland, Inc. licenses the intellectual property of Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute. Intellectual property includes, patents, clinical diagnostic and treatment protocols, copyrights and trademarks, as well as specialized business know-how. Through licensing this proven intellectual property to select practitioners throughout the country, Dizziland, Inc. is striving to make highly effective audiologist-directed Advanced Vestibular Treatment™ available to all patients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo and imbalance – bringing the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular dysfunction into the 21st century. 500 Old Newport Blvd., Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | 949.432.5219 | http://www.dizziland.com/AVT