Balance/Vestibular

Balance/Vestibular

Decreased Balance, Increased Mortality in U.S. Adults

Results of a large, population-based cohort study indicate a higher risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer in adults with balance impairment. More specifically, Cao, et al (2021) reported results for over 5,800 middle-aged (> 40 years) and older adults who completed the Romberg Test of Standing Balance on Firm and Compliant Surfaces.

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A New Hope for Patients with Severe Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction

Imagine seeing life through a handheld video camera. When you are still everything seems fine; but as soon as you start to move, the picture is far from perfect. Even a small step creates a jostling of the screen, leading to blurry, jumpy vision. This is how people with severe bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) see the world due to a complete lack of neural input from either ear. But there is hope! 

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Classifications of Meniere’s Disease

Jessie J, a popular British pop singer, shared that she was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease (MD) after waking up Christmas Eve morning with hearing loss in her right ear and vertigo. 

She reported in her Instagram live feed that it felt like her right ear was “completely deaf” and that she “couldn’t walk a straight line.”

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Audiology Escape Room: A Case Study

By Prasha Sooful, Alex Hogan, and Leigh Moore

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Public Relations Outreach Efforts: A Year in Review (October 2018- September 2019)

October is Audiology Awareness Month and we want to take this opportunity to showcase the media coverage to include audiology coverage, as well as that of our members over the past year.

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CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT | Billing and Coding the Vestibular Evaluation

The vestibular evaluation can include a number of different procedures, and coding for these evaluations can often be confusing. There are several current procedural terminology (CPT®) codes that should be considered when completing your evaluation.

Topic(s): Coding, Reimbursement, Balance/Vestibular, Audio-vestibular/Audiovestibular, vestibular evaluation, dix-hallpike maneuver, positional nystagmus test, caloric irrigation, cervical vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP), optokinetic nystagmus test, oscillating tracking test, spontaneous nystagmus test, sinusoidal vertical axis rotation testing, computerized dynamic posturography

Yes Hearing Aids, No Dementia, Depression, and Falls

We have heard the concerning connections between untreated hearing loss and a host of other health conditions. There is always debate around these conversations about whether the link between hearing loss and say accelerated dementia is causal or otherwise.


One of the tried and true methods to ask this question more deliberately is to reintroduce function, hearing in this case, and observe the effects on the secondary conditions.


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Academy Supports Balance Awareness Week

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.

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Audiology Today Sept/Oct 2019…What’s Inside This Issue?

Take a look at the table of contents and delve into these online articles, which you can now easily search by topic, title, or author. 

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Time to Activate to Advocate

With the 116th Congress already over a quarter under way, the Government Relations Committee (GRC) urges Academy members to get involved. It is an exciting time for audiology, with the Academy actively working and collaborating with other organizations on new policy initiatives. The audiology voice in numbers is critical for the profession in advancing these initiatives.

Topic(s): Advocacy, Patient care, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Healthcare, Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare, Balance/Vestibular, Adult