Why the Need for a Balance Awareness Week?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 40% of the US population age 40 or older will experience a balance disorder in their lifetime(1). Dizziness is the third most common major medical symptom reported, yet the majority of cases remain unexplained. It has been estimated that more than 12 million people over 65 experience a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their life. Annual spending on patients with dizziness in emergency departments exceeds $4 billion(2).
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. Dysfunction of the inner ear can result in dizziness and balance problems. As for treatment of dizziness, customized vestibular rehabilitation shows >85% efficacy in peripheral vestibular disorders(3) yet meclizine is prescribed as high as 89% of the time but results <50% improvement(4). Also of note, the average time between the initial visit and receiving a vestibular disorder diagnosis is 1 month when the physician suggested the dizziness might be inner ear related at the initial consult vs 8 months when not considered(5).
We, at 360 Balance & Hearing, know you have a choice of providers and your trust is on our services for dizziness, balance and/or a hearing disorder is always greatly appreciated. If you are in search of such specialty services but do not live in the Austin area, you may find a provider closest to you at the following link: http://vestibular.org/finding-help-support/provider-directory.
References: (1) Johnson, EG Rehab Manag, 2007. (2) Saber Tehrania et al. Acad Emerg Med, 2013. (3) Horak et al. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 1992. (4) Kroenke. Arch Int Med, 1990. (5) Haven L. VEDA On the Level, 2011.
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