Balance (vestibular) disorders encompass such things as dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, or a general sense of being unsteady on your feet. More than 25 million Americans are affected by balance disturbances. Frequently, those affected already suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss. These disturbances can reduce the quality of life and interfere with work and social interactions regardless of age.
With the general decrease in balance that accompanies the aging process, it is essential that your dizziness or balance problems are not solely attributed to the normal consequences of aging until you undergo a thorough evaluation. Frequently, a specific cause can be identified and successfully treated, and in those cases where a specific cause remains elusive, vestibular rehabilitation often provides significant benefit.
Balance, or the sensation of equilibrium, is regulated by the peripheral vestibular system and the cerebellum, with complex input from the visual and proprioceptive systems. Thorough evaluation and treatment requires close interaction between related medical specialties and access to sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.
Coordination of biomedical specialists in our basic science laboratories and the availability of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic modalities at UT Southwestern make our Hearing, Balance, and Facial Nerve Disorders division unique to this part of the country.