What to Expect During an Audiological Visit

You've been experiencing dizziness, vertigo or balance problems, and you've been referred for vestibular testing. Read on to find out what to expect from your first visit to an audiologist, and what the next steps

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Light Sensitivity (Photophobia)

Chronic light-sensitivity can act as a catalyst for dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, headache and other symptoms that are often associated with vestibular disorders. In this article, we take an in-depth look at the experiences of those with vestibular-related photophobia and offer tips for keeping it in check.

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Addressing Self-Doubt

"It's All In Your Head" Thirty years of experience as a therapist has taught me that, brain chemistry notwithstanding, what causes most psychological problems is internal conflict or self-doubt. I find this self-doubt to be

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Home Safety

Vestibular patients benefit from environments that allow them to use their vision and somatosensation/proprioception to compensate for their vestibular weakness. Keeping your environment safe means creating an environment where you can stay grounded and see what’s going on, using all your senses for better equilibrium. This article presents a “3-zone home safety assessment” you can do.

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Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is the most common medical problem associated with travel. Dizziness, vertigo, and motion sickness all relate to the sense of balance and equilibrium. You might also suffer from dizziness, vertigo and/or nausea due to an inner ear dysfunction. Suppose you suffer inner ear damage on only one side from a head injury or an infection. The damaged inner ear does not send the same signals as the healthy ear. This gives conflicting signals to the brain about the sensation of rotation, and you could suffer a sense of spinning or vertigo, as well as nausea.

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Natural Supplements for Vestibular Disorders

Patients with vestibular disorders may choose to incorporate supplements into their treatment plan, either to support their prescription medications or as non-pharmaceutical alternatives that can help reduce their symptoms and improve their overall wellness. Many

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Essential Oils

Inhale, Relax Have you ever walked into a spa or hotel lobby and felt an almost immediate sense of calm? Or entered a store in the mall and felt the need to just walk around

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Dentist’s Guide to the Dizzy Patient

Dental work can often be uncomfortable for a person with a vestibular disorder because of the intense lighting, extended amount of time requiring an open mouth, and adjusting to a reclined chair position. Sometimes people with vestibular disorders perceive that a dentist chair has been reclined beyond horizontal, even if it has not. Also, some people find it uncomfortable to be in the chair as it is lowered and raised. After the procedure, some people with balance disorders find that any residual numbness from the local anesthesia is a bit disorienting. Download this article and bring it to your dentist to educate him/her about your condition and help them make adjustments to accommodate your needs.

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Chronic Illness & Vulnerability

Vulnerability Does Not Mean Weakness One of the common aspects of having a chronic illness or medical condition is a greatly increased sense of vulnerability. When there are things you cannot do for yourself, you

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Healthy Sleep Habits

Take Sleep Seriously Developing healthy sleep habits is an important part of overall health. The following tips can help you establish habits for better and more consistent sleep. Standard Sleep Time Establish a regular bed

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Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation can help reduce stress and anxiety. This article introduces tips and tools to help you relax and provides links to supportive resources.

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Stress Management

Stress is an automatic response for our body to protect itself from threats. This “fight or flight” sympathetic response is beneficial if you are in a life-threatening situation or require a short-term force of motivation. But, if you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic. Chronic stress can have serious consequences for your brain, body, and mind. In this article you will learn relaxation techniques to help you manage stress.

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