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Vestibular Clinic

Many people experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their life, caused by an imbalance or loss within the peripheral vestibular system. The Family and Specialty Medical Center Vestibular Clinic in Carroll, Iowa offers testing and treatment for balance and dizziness-related problems. The Vestibular Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that provides:

· Video Electronystagmography (VNG) (highlighted to send to additional link)

· Computerized Posturography (highlighted to send to additional link)

· Information to assist the physician in the diagnosis of vestibular disorders

· Treatments for certain types of dizziness

· Customized physical therapy programs to help reduce symptoms of dizziness and imbalance and to educate patients on how to prevent dizziness and falls

Video Electronystagmography (VNG) (Picture of the VNG and performance) .

At Family and Specialty Medical Center, we use Videonystagmography (VNG) technologies for testing inner ear and central motor functions. VNG testing is considered the new standard for testing, because VNG measures the movements of the eyes directly through infrared cameras. When the head is in motion, the inner-ear balance organs send signals to the eye muscles to keep vision in focus. Therefore, eye movements can be used to evaluate the balance system. Infrared video goggles are used. Patients are asked to follow a moving objects with their eyes and sit and lie in different positions. Also, each ear canal maybe irrigated with small amounts of warm and cool air. VNG testing is accurate, consistent and comfortable for the patient. By having the patient more comfortable and relaxed, consistent and accurate test results are more easily achieved.

Computerized Posturography (Picture of the Falltrak and performance) . Computerized Posturography evaluates the interrelationship of all three parts of the balance system; vestibular (inner ear and brainstem), vision, and proprioception (sensors in muscles and joints). During posturography, the patient stands on a small platform that moves slightly and the patient is asked to maintain balance. A computer records the patient's shift in body weight and sway and these results are analyzed for patterns of imbalance. Posturography results should be interpreted in conjunction with the results of other clinical and vestibular tests.

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