Associated Audiologists offers a comprehensive dizziness and imbalance clinic for our patients. This clinic uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate individuals suffering from dizziness and inner-ear related disorders or those who are off balance or have a history of falls. The program is staffed by Danielle Dorner, Au.D., FAAA, Vestibular Audiologist, who sees patients at our Overland Park, and Northland clinics.
Problems affecting the equilibrium system often cause difficulties related to dizziness and imbalance. The term dizziness can mean many things. Patients often describe symptoms including lightheadedness, blurred vision, a feeling of faintness, spinning (vertigo), weakness and general unsteadiness. Individuals with imbalance often have a history or fear of falls. Imbalance is often made worse when walking in the dark or on uneven surfaces. Patients with equilibrium disorders can experience a wide variety of less common symptoms as well.
Approximately one-third of those between 65 to 75 years of age report that dizziness and imbalance affect the quality of their lives. With modern medical advancements, much can be done to help. In fact, 90 percent of the time, these disorders can be successfully treated with proper diagnosis. If you are experiencing dizziness or imbalance, you may not need to “learn to live with it.”
Every second of every day in the United States, an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
In 2014 alone, older Americans experienced 29 million falls, causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs.
Each year, more than five million people consult their doctors regarding complaints of dizziness (Vestibular Disorders Association).
Dizziness is the number one malady for people older than 70 (Vestibular Disorders Association).