Dizziness and imbalance
Associated Audiologists offers a comprehensive dizziness and imbalance clinic for our patients. This clinic uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate individuals suffering from dizziness and inner-ear related disorders or those who are off balance or have a history of falls. The program is staffed by Danielle Dorner, Au.D., FAAA, Vestibular Audiologist, who sees patients at our Shawnee Mission, Overland Park, and Northland clinics.
Problems affecting the equilibrium system often cause difficulties related to dizziness and imbalance. The term dizziness can mean many things. Patients often describe symptoms including lightheadedness, blurred vision, a feeling of faintness, spinning (vertigo), weakness and general unsteadiness. Individuals with imbalance often have a history or fear of falls. Imbalance is often made worse when walking in the dark or on uneven surfaces. Patients with equilibrium disorders can experience a wide variety of less common symptoms as well.
Are you living with dizziness or balance problems?
Approximately one-third of those between 65 to 75 years of age report that dizziness and imbalance affect the quality of their lives. With modern medical advancements, much can be done to help. In fact, 90 percent of the time, these disorders can be successfully treated with proper diagnosis. If you are experiencing dizziness or imbalance, you may not need to “learn to live with it.”
Imbalance and dizziness facts
- In the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and injury for people 65 and older (National Safety Council).
- In 2005, nearly 16,000 older adults in the U.S. died from falls; 1.8 million were treated in emergency departments; and 433,000 were hospitalized (Centers for Disease Control).
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) statistics indicate that balance-related falls cause nearly half of accidental deaths in the population over the age of 65.
- Each year, more than five million people consult with their doctors with complaints of dizziness (Vestibular Disorders Association).
- Dizziness is the number one malady for people older than 70 (Vestibular Disorders Association).