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Academy Supports Balance Awareness Week

Academy Supports Balance Awareness Week

August 30, 2019 In the News

The Academy is proud to help support Balance Awareness Week—September 15–21, 2019. Balance Awareness Week, an observance designated by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA), aims to increase awareness about vestibular disorders and support patients in their journey back to balance.

While many balance disorders are incurable, faster and more accurate diagnosis, along with effective coping strategies can greatly improve quality of life.

Audiologists play a key role in helping to diagnose and manage vestibular and balance disorders in adults and children.

The Academy has collaborated with VeDA to develop resources on hearing loss and balance and to help educate other health-care providers, the media, and consumers about the audiologist’s role in balance care.

Resources

The Public Awareness Committee reached out to physicians, neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more to ask those experts about a number of balance-related areas including concussion, migraine, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. The committee also developed three new infographics: Hearing Loss and Balance, Could Your Child Be Dizzy, and Dizziness and Psychiatric Conditions. The psychiatric conditions infographic was prominently featured on the back of VeDA’s Balance Awareness Week poster. We are excited to better connect balance awareness with audiology in this latest awareness initiative.

Show your support for this week…review the resources, including infographics, press release template, Ask the Expert articles, social media images, and more.

Don’t Miss Us…Live on Doctors Radio (SiriusXM)

We already have received some media coverage on our press release, Linking Vestibular/Balance Disorders and Dizziness to Hearing Ability and Falls in Older Americans (August 26, 2019). Academy Leadership will be live on SiriusXM on September 30, 5:00-6:00pm ET, discussing the link between hearing and balance…tune in.

Thank you to the Public Awareness Committee for all their efforts on this initiative.

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