Participant Page: Because Balance Matters...

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Because Balance Matters...
My Story
Salutations! My name is Joshua Huppert and I'm currently a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at Pacific University near Portland, OR. I'm just recently began my clinical externship/residency at Nemours/A.I. duPont's Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, a facility where many feel pediatric vestibular and balance assessment was first "birthed" and put into clinical practice. I have an avid passion for working with patients currently suffering from vestibular and balance impairment, especially pediatric patients, and strongly believe that increasing awareness of and education about vestibular and balance disorders can dramatically enhance patient quality of life and ensure the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

Until fairly recently (i.e., within the last ten years), very little was known about the prevalence of vestibular and balance impairments in pediatric populations.  Not only do children lack the vocabulary necessary to accurately describe symptomology associated with vestibular and balance impairments (i.e, vertigo ["spinning sensation"]), but many of these impairments often manifest in the form of visual distrubance, headache, clumsiness, or even a learning disability, making recognition and/or diagnosis of vestibular and balance impairment quite difficult for both parents and physicians alike.

In April of 2016, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) funded the Child Balance Supplement (CBC) to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in an effort to better determine the prevalance of, risk factors most closely correlated with, and, increase the number of children who receive services for, vestibular and balance impairments.  The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, was led by NIDCD statistician, Chuan-Ming Li, and, from the data collected on nearly 11,000 children, revealed the following:

  • The U.S. nationally weighted prevealance of vestibular and/or balance impairment in the past year was 5.3% (roughly 3.3 million children between the ages of 3 and 17).
    • Such figures suggest that more than 1 in 20 (5%) U.S. children may have vestibular and balance impairment
  • Children with hearing impairment are two times more likely to have vestibular and/or balance impairment compared to children with normal hearing.

Based upon the findings presented in the NIDCD study, it would appear that vestibular and balance impairment in children is actually far more common that we initially thought!

That said, the possibility of a brighter, more informed tomorrow starts with the generosity and kindness of people like YOU and as you can see, we have A LOT of work to do!

Any amount, no matter how large or small, helps in VEDA's efforts to increase awareness for and education about vestibular and balance disorders in pediatric AND adult populations!

I sincerely appreciate your support of my personal campaign page for Balance Awareness Week 2016!!


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