According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2019, 34,000 people over age 65 died as a result of falls, and another 3 million ended up in the emergency room. In fact, more than one out of four older adults fall each year, but less than half tell their doctor, and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. … Read More
The Connection Between Dizziness and Aging
Whether you’re 20 or 80 years old, you can have problems with dizziness and balance. But as you age, a number of health issues and risk factors can put you an increased risk for dizziness and injury from falls. In fact, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Report, in the United States, about one in four adults (28%) age 65 … Read More
Who Treats Dizziness and Balance Disorders?
Being dizzy or off balance can make it difficult to do everything from bending over to pick something up to getting out of bed in the middle of the night. The result can be dangerous and debilitating for millions of Americans, sometimes resulting in falls and injuries. Unfortunately, getting an accurate diagnosis regarding what’s causing the dizziness can be very … Read More
Diagnosing Vestibular Disorders
Though dizziness and balance problems are more common in older adults, they can happen to anyone at any age. If you’ve struggled with these issues, you also may have struggled with getting an accurate diagnosis for the problem. And because of that, you may have had trouble finding treatment. So why is getting a diagnosis for dizziness and balance disorders … Read More
What Goes into Good Balance?
Most of us don’t have a problem with our balance. We roll over in bed, get up in the middle of the night and can easily walk to the bathroom without giving it a second thought. But what if that simple task wasn’t so simple? What if getting out of bed caused you to become dizzy, nauseous, or even fall? … Read More
Studies Show COVID-19 May Affect Hearing and Balance
As we continue to learn to live with the SARS-COV-2, or the COVID-19 virus, much more is being learned about how the illness affects the human body. Since the early days of the pandemic, it was noted that individuals with the virus often lost their sense of taste and/or smell. But it seems now more COVID-19 patients are reporting symptoms … Read More
Dizzy? Don’t Wait to Get Help!
Approximately one-third of those between 65 to 75 years of age report that dizziness and imbalance affect the quality of their lives. In fact, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association, dizziness is the number one malady for people older than 70. Dizziness also leads to falls, the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according … Read More
Take Precautions to Prevent Slips and Falls this Winter
Winter in the Midwest is here, and while it’s tough to predict whether this winter will be colder or snowier than usual, one thing is for sure—at some point temperatures will likely drop and it will be slick outside. Though that’s just a fact of life for most of us, for older adults or those who suffer from dizziness and … Read More
Preventing Falls at Home
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 60% of falls in adults over age 65 occur at home and most don’t happen from a height, say a ladder or the stairs. Most happen at ground level. While there are many causes for falls, dizziness and balance problems are more common as adults age. In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, … Read More
Balance Tests + Getting Accurately Diagnosed For Dizziness & Balance Disorders
How Imbalance Can Feel Dizziness and balance disorders can be difficult and frustrating conditions to diagnose for patients. One reason is because patients often have a difficult time describing their symptoms in a meaningful way to their healthcare providers. Vertigo is the most specific symptom many patients experience, and it has a specific definition—it is an illusion, or feeling, of … Read More