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Procedure - Balance Problems

Frequent sensations of lightheadedness or unsteadiness disrupt daily life, complicating routine tasks like shopping or driving. If you feel overwhelmed due to constant vertigo, you might have a vestibular disorder. Ogden Clinic’s vertigo specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating these issues, which typically originate in the inner ear but may be related to vision and somatosensory perception (the body’s sense of place and touch). Balance is a system that depends on seamless interaction among all these elements. If one piece is damaged, nothing will function properly and you won’t feel good.

Disorders of the inner ear like Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease,

Endolymphatic hydrops, Perilymph fistulas, or various infections are all common sources of balance problems. Ogden Clinic audiologists can apply a variety of treatments to improve symptoms and recover spatial perception:

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

In this exercise, patients undergo a variety of exercises to reconnect vision, balance, and the nervous system. These activities vary from balance training to specific eye/head motions and are intended to calibrate the senses. Essentially, to restore the perception of place, one can train other parts of the body to compensate for one that is not effectively functioning. This treatment is best suited for patients with more chronic (rather than acute) balance issues.

Canalith Repositioning (The Epley Maneuver)

Patients with temporary but severe balance problems might try Canalith Repositioning with an Ogden Clinic audiologist. By positioning the head in a certain way, the provider can shift the position of small particles in the ears called otoliths. This adjustment allows the otoliths to move back to the correct area in the ear and restore balance.

Surgery

Depending on the efficacy of previous treatments, the patient may need surgical intervention to recover from chronic or acute vertigo. Common procedures include:

  • Labyrinthdectomy
  • Oval or Round Window Plugging
  • Endolymphatic Sac Decompression
  • Stapedectomy
  • Vestibular Nerve Section
  • Pneumatic Equalization Tubes
  • Canal Partitioning
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Cholesteatoma Removal
  • Ultrasound Surgery

To learn more about your treatment options for balance and vertigo problems in Ogden, Layton, or Bountiful, contact us and set up an appointment with our qualified audiologists! We specialize in providing the most effective, minimally invasive procedures available.


Brewer, Laurel, AuD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Hendriksen, Nate, AuD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-776-2180

Mitchell, Colby, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Reder, Kelli, AuD
1551 S. Renaissance Towne Dr. (Main St.)
Bountiful, UT
801-295-5581

Skedros, Tykie, MD
2255 N. 1700 W.
Layton, UT
801-776-2180

Stock, Curt, MD
1551 S. Renaissance Towne Dr. (Main St.)
Bountiful, UT
801-295-5581