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Archive for September 2013

Social Security Administration Seeks Input on Vestibular Criteria

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

SSA proposes changes to criteria for evaluating hearing loss, disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function.


The SSA is requesting comments on whether and how it should revise the criteria in its Listing of Impairments (listings) for evaluating hearing loss and disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function in adults and children.

Rethinking Motion Sickness

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Peter Andrey Smith

In a cavernous basement laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Thomas Stoffregen thrusts another unwitting study subject — well, me — into the “moving room.” The chamber has a concrete floor and three walls covered in faux marble. As I stand in the middle, on a pressure sensitive sensor about the size of a bathroom scale, the walls lurch inward by about a foot, a motion so disturbing that I throw up my arms and stumble backward. Indeed, the demonstration usually throws adults completely off balance.

Yale University Acoustic Neuroma Study

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. Elizabeth B. Claus from Yale University launched the collection of data from acoustic neuroma patients at the Acoustic Neuroma Association's (ANA) National Symposium in Los Angeles to initiate the first AN causation research study of this type. The goal of the study is to determine whether or not there are possible genetic risk factors that cause an AN.

Defeat dizziness during National Balance Awareness Week

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Suffering from dizziness, nausea and poor balance? These could be symptoms of a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), one of the most common causes of vertigo.

During National Balance Awareness Week (September 16 - 22), Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital is raising awareness of the causes of vertigo and the treatment options available to defeat dizziness.

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