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Vestibular disorders cause overwhelming dizziness, vertigo, and other symptoms that can’t be seen, and are difficult for others—sometimes, even close friends and family members—to understand. People often struggle with their profound impacts on health, relationships, family interactions, and finances. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed and are seeking more information, or simply have questions about the day-to-day realities of living with a vestibular disorder, VEDA is here to answer your questions.

Diagnosis and treatment are not always straightforward for vestibular disorders. Vestibular disorders can affect a person in many ways and are often unpredictable, occurring on a constant or intermittent basis. If you’ve reviewed our list of symptoms and suspect you may have a vestibular disorder, or have already been diagnosed but want a second opinion, you can use VEDA’s provider directory to find a health professional who can provide appropriate diagnostic testing.

What type of vestibular practioner should I consult with?

If you're not sure what type of specialist is right for you, refer to our list of healthcare specialties for a description of the most common vestibular practitioners.

I'd like to talk other people who have a vestibular disorder.

Many people find it helpful to get together with other people with vestibular disorders to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. VEDA can connect you to a support group near you through our support group directory.  Some of these groups may be linked to other networks or organizations. They may be led by patients, health professionals, or others. Their size, scope, and agendas vary widely. If you are interested in starting your own support group, VEDA can help - visit our 'Start a Support Group' page for more information.

VEDA members can also connect with others suffering from vestibular disorders through V-PALS, our members only network. By joining V-PALS you will be put in touch with a self-selected group of people looking for others to share with and learn from. V-PALS receive a list of members' names with e-mail contact information, then it's up to you to reach out to other members to connect. To sign up for V-PALS you need to be a VEDA member - send us an e-mail with your name, e-mail address and (optionally) your vestibular diagnosis, date of birth and gender (as some people are interested in connecting specifically to people within a certain age group, gender, and/or vestibular diagnosis), or register on our website (if you already have an online account, login) and go to your account settings to sign up for V-PALS.



 

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Thanks to VEDA, vestibular disorders are becoming recognized for their impacts on people's lives and our economy. We see new diagnostic tools and research studies, more accessible treatments, and a growing respect for how life-changing vestibular disorders can be.

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