Frequently Asked Questions
Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease, and can encompass a lot of different sensations. Sensations of dizziness can be described as, but not limited to, a feeling of being lightheaded or perceived sensation of fainting. You might also describe other sensations to include Vertigo, a feeling of spinning or rotating (you or the objects around you, or even Disequilibrium, a feeling of unsteadiness or a feeling of spatial disorientation. Knowing the terminology will help you better articulate to your healthcare provider what you are feeling, helping to rule out medical conditions not associated with a vestibular disorder.
Experts agree that having a vestibular disorder (weakness in the balance part of the ear) remains one of the leading causes of dizziness. Vestibular disorders that can cause dizziness can include Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s syndrome, vestibular neuritis, and acoustic neuromas.
Due to our strategic position within the community, our patients may wish to access care either by direct referral, primary healthcare or secondary healthcare referrals to us. Due to the variability of referral sources, we have an urgent referral scheme in place and our vestibular specialists are aware of red flags for differential diagnosis should you need one.
The Vestibular system is a wonderfully complex system just like our sense of hearing, vision and smell. It utilizes sensory inputs from the inner ear, eyes, upper neck, and body in conjunction with the brain to keep us aware of where we are in space and how we move through our world. It’s complex and amazing all at the same time.
Vestibular testing involves a set of diagnostics to measure the function of various parts of the Vestibular system. Our battery of tests is selected based upon your individual symptoms and will be a combination of the following:
Vestibular rehabilitation is based with you in mind. Our patients are given education on their results. We use four methods of rehabilitation: mindfulness rehabilitation, visual rehabilitation, vestibular ocular (VOR) rehabilitation and/or confidence rehabilitation. Additional management we consider alongside our vestibular rehabilitation is the need for diet and exercise, medication, surgery, hearing aids, vitamin therapy, musculoskeletal strengthen and counseling. We work within our scope and reach out to multi-disciplinary colleagues to include otolaryngology, neurology, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists/dietitians, hearing aid audiology, psychology, pediatricians and primary care physicians to name a few.
Hypatia training was founded by Amy Lennox who originally trained as an audiologist in Australia and the United Kingdom where she practiced with the National Health Service (NHS).
Her last six years have been spent working with a global manufacturer training, delivering education, and working in research and development. Having trained over 1,000 professionals including audiologists, neurologists, otolaryngologists, general practitioners, physiotherapists and clinical scientists she is incredibly passionate about training. From that passion and drive Hypatia Training was created; a five-star Hypatia Specialist trained facility is only presented to master-level delegates with advanced knowledge. We are the first facility to receive this acknowledgment in the United States.