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Guides: Disability Specific Resources: Vestibular Disorders

Includes Dizziness, Inner Ear Disorders and Meniere's Syndrome.
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Information: Vestibular Disorders
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Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

This article is written about vestibular rehabilitation therapy by Timothy C. Hain, MD. This article is found on Dr. Hain's website Dizziness-and-Balance.com. The article covers the indications for using this kind of therapy, why it might be useful, and information about different kinds of therapy including "dynamic balancing exercises", "gaze stabilization exercises", "habituation exercises", and several others. Dr. Hain also covers the question of the proven effectiveness of these various kinds of therapy. For more information, send e-mail to cdb@dizziness-and-balance.com

Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers Articles, Portland Otologic Clinic

This clinic was founded by Dr. John M. Epley, MD in 1975. Dr. Epley is known worldwide for developing the Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers, also known as the Epley Maneuvers, for treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). There is a long list of articles written by Dr. Epley at the end of the article about him on this website.

Ear, Nose And Throat Disorders by Aetna InteliHealth

This article provides basic information about a variety of ear disorders including acoustic neuroma, barotrauma, Meniere's Disease, tinnitus, and vertigo. The page on each disorder covers its nature, symptoms, duration, how it is diagnosed and treated, and when to call a doctor. Organizations with further information about the disorder are listed at the end of each page.

Aetna InteliHealth is a subsidiary of Aetna Insurance that provides information to consumers about a variety of health issues. The medical information presented on its website is provided primarily by or reviewed by the Harvard Medical Schools. For more information, contact Aetna, Inc. at 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06156, Phone: 860-273-0123 or send e-mail to: comments@intelihealth.com. Resources are listed for acoustic neuroma, tinnitus, deafness and Otolaryngology.

To Family and Friends of Those with Balance and Dizziness Disorders

This article is by Muriel Kauffman, who started a support group for people living with vestibular disorders in the Vancouver area. The Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society (BADD) can be reached by phone at 604-878-8383 or e-mail at info@balanceanddizziness.org.

Ear Surgery Information Center-Meniere's Disease

This article provides information about several surgical procedures that are available for treating Meniere's Disease when more conservative treatments and lifestyle changes are not successful. This article describes Meniere's Disease including its symptoms, diagnosis, and standard treatments. Then, the article describes the following surgical procedures: endolymphatic sac decompression, labyrinthectomy, vestibular neurectomy, and chemical labyrinthectomy. This article, written by Dr. Mark J. Levenson, MD of the Saratoga Ear & Sinus Surgery Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, will interest anyone that would like to learn more about these procedures. The Saratoga Ear & Sinus Surgery Center, PC is located at 195 Church St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Phone: 518-587-2300 or send e-mail to howard@sharkane.net

Managing Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment, and Cognitive/Psychological Impacts

This videorecording is available as a VHS or DVD from the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA). The video or DVD is divided into the 3 parts represented in its title. This film covers a number of topics including the symptoms of vestibular disorders, how the balance system works, how these disorders affect a person's life, diagnosis and methods of treatment including diet and physical therapy, how to cope with a vestibular disorder, and the psychological aspects of having a vestibular disorder. Each of these topics is covered in detail by physicians and other medical specialists. Several sufferers of vestibular disorders describe their experiences throughout the film. Anyone with a vestibular disorder will recognize experiences they have had such as difficulty with fluorescent lighting or problems with memory. The section on psychological impacts includes information to help other family members understand what the vestibular patient is going through and on how family members can help the vestibular patient. This is a very good video or DVD for vestibular patients and their families to view if they want to understand this condition better. The whole film takes a little less than 2 1/2 hours to view, but it can be viewed in segments. The video or DVD is available from VEDA for $24.95 plus $10 S&H ($2 discount for VEDA members). It can be ordered on-line or by mail with an on-line order form. For more information send e-mail to: info@vestibular.org

New Sign Mayo Clinic - Safety Tips to Prevent Falling People with Vestibular Disorders must take extra precautions to prevent falling. Vestibular Disorders can cause dizziness and/or vertigo which affects balance and mobility. The link above will take you to an article on safety tips to prevent falling from the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Mayo Clinic Medical Services are located in Jacksonville, Florida, Rochester, Minnesota and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona.

MediFocus Guidebook-Meniere’s Disease

This guide is published by Medifocus.com, Inc. The MediFocus Guidebook-Meniere’s Disease is a guidebook of information about Meniere’s Disease. It provides an overview of the nature, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Meniere’s Disease. This book also contains lists of recent medical articles about Meniere’s Disease and other vestibular disorders, research centers and researchers that have published studies on vestibular disorders and the vestibular system, and organizations that offer information and support for people with Meniere’s and other inner ear disorders. This guidebook is a good starting point to do further research on Meniere’s Disease. It is available in paperback and electronic versions. For more information on this guide, contact Medifocus.com, Inc., 11529 Daffodil Lane-Suite 200, Silver Spring, MD 20902 or Phone: 1-800-965-3002, Fax: 1-301-649-7809 or e-mail info@medifocus.com.

Meniere's Disease: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

From the American Family Physician, March 1997 is an abstract of the article, written by Dr. Glenn W. Knox, MD of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, describing Meniere's Disease and its diagnosis and treatment. For more information contact, Glenn W. Knox, MD, University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Phone: 1-800-789-PENN (general phone number.

Meniere's Disease Health Article

Meniere's Disease Health Article on Healthline provides general information about Meniere's Disease. The information on this page summarizes the nature of Meniere's Disease, its causes, symptoms, tests used in diagnosis, and methods of treatment. Click on "Meniere's Disease Vertigo" on the right side of the page to access links to websites about Meniere's Disease.

Healthline is a comprehensive medical encyclopedia. It contains both general medical information and advertisements including google ads. It attempts to provide links to related subjects to a point that may be confusing. Be prepared to sort out the information you want and ignore the rest. If you would like to access information about another health condition, click on "Directory" at the top of the page. Healthline Networks, Inc., 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, Phone: 415-281-3100 and Fax: 415-281-3199.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Section 7: Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, Chapter 85: Inner Ear

This on-line manual, by Merck & Co. Inc., a pharmaceutical company, covers inner ear disorders. These pages provide information about several vestibular disorders including Meniere's Disease, BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), vestibular neuronitis, and acoustic neuroma. These pages cover the description, diagnosis, and treatment of each disorder. There is also a page about drugs that are toxic to the inner ear such as streptomycin. Merck is a company that researches, produces, and markets drugs to treat a variety of medical conditions. For more information, Merck & Co. Inc. is located at One Merck Drive, PO Box 100, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-0100, or phone: 908-423-1000.

Vertigo Health Channel: Vertigo-Associated Disorders

Vertigo Health Channel provides general information about vertigo on Healthline. The information on this page summarizes the nature of vertigo, its causes, symptoms, tests used in diagnosis, and methods of treatment. There are links in the article to articles about dizziness, labyrinthitis, and benign positional vertigo that follow a similar format. There are also links to articles about nystagmus, a type of eye movement that may indicate a vestibular disorder, and electronystagmography, a method used to test for nystagmus. Links to related websites will be found by clicking on the topics on the left side of the page.

Healthline is a comprehensive medical encyclopedia. It contains both general medical information and advertisements including google ads. It attempts to provide links to related subjects to a point that may be confusing. Be prepared to sort out the information you want and ignore the rest. If you would like to access information about another health condition, click on "Directory" at the top of the page. Healthline Networks, Inc. is located at 660 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, Phone: 415-281-3100 or Fax: 415-281-3199.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

This is an article about vestibular rehabilitation therapy found on the VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association) website. This short article covers the reasons for needing VRT, the purpose of VRT, what the therapist and patient do during VRT, and how this kind of therapy will help a vestibular patient. VEDA offers three publications about VRT which can be ordered from their website. Therapists that provide VRT can be found by state or world region in VEDA's list of health professionals that treat vestibular disorders.

Vestibular Disorders Association, PO Box 13305, Portland, Oregon 97213-0305, phone: 800-837-8428 (voice mail), fax: 503-229-8064, or send e-mail to info@vestibular.org More publications on vestibular disorders are offered in VEDA's online store. A list of health professionals are found by state or world region that offer VRT services.

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