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Our balance or vestibular system helps keep us upright, walk, and move our body from one position to another. When this system is not working properly, our safety and quality of life can be significantly affected. It makes any movement challenging.

Balance issues can be the result of many different things. Many of these complaints can be alleviated through medical remediation or rehabilitation. It is important that balance issues be taken seriously and immediately addressed, because falling, that results from balance disturbances, can cause broken bones, head injuries, or worse.

The symptoms of balance disorders are:

  • Vertigo or a spinning sensation
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Spatial disorientation or aura
  • Vision problems
  • Falling two or more times in a year or once with an injury that required medical attention

If you believe you, a family member or friend is experiencing balance issues, here are some steps to consider:

  • Discuss your balance difficulties or history of falling with your physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant at your next visit.
    Your healthcare provider can then refer you for a vestibular assessment with an audiologist, otolaryngologist, or neurologist.
  • Have your balance evaluated by an audiologist.
    Audiologists are an integral part of the team of providers who evaluate and treat balance disorders. Audiologists can provide screenings, assessments, and rehabilitation. Most of the vestibular assessments are covered by Medicare, if ordered by your physician, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.

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