ICU – “I SEE YOU” PODCAST Can Screens Trigger Vertigo and Dizziness? LISTEN NOW Available wherever you get your podcasts. APPLE PODCASTS    SPOTIFY   YOUTUBE Devices—can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Televisions, computer screens, even phones send our nervous system reeling so it takes years to return to modern communication. When we are symptomatic, trying to scroll through an article on the phone or watch a movie on a tablet can be torture. Attending a Zoom meeting with multiple people talking and moving can be unbearable. Even texting back and forth can be dizzying. But staying connected is an important part of our recovery, and this often is through virtual mediums, so it is important to use every tool available to improve our ability to function while using a digital device. Even small changes can have a big impact. In this episode of the ICU – “I See You” […]

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VEDA - Published Wed Jul 17 2024 21:30    View Full Story...

Tinnitus (pronounced “TIN-uh-tus” or “tin-NY-tus”) is the perception of sound that does not have an external source.1 It can be perceived in one or both ears, or in the head. Studies indicate that 10-15% of adults are affected, and this percentage increases with age.2 Tinnitus can seriously affect quality of life, interfering with sleep,3,4 hearing, work, and other activities. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disorder in and of itself, and can have a variety of causes.  Much research has been conducted into effective treatments for tinnitus. While there is currently no cure,1 there are ways to reduce the perception of symptoms and improve quality of life, such as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, which combines counseling and sound therapy.  A relatively new treatment modality is based on the concept of bimodal neuromodulation. By stimulating two different sensory systems—usually hearing and touch—you can “rewire” the brain to respond differently to tinnitus (i.e., […]

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VEDA - Published Mon Jul 15 2024 22:06    View Full Story...

Darilys, like too many people with vestibular disorders, faced nearly 4 years of chronic dizziness before she got the medical help she needed.

Once she finally received a diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine, she began the search for treatment. Through VeDA’s online community, Darilys was able to learn the information she needed to advocate for herself and eventually found a healthcare team that could help her.

After getting so much life-changing support from the vestibular community, she knew she wanted to give back. As a billingual English and Spanish speaker, she saw an opportunity to spread knowledge and support to new members of the vestibular community.

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VEDA - Published Mon Jul 15 2024 18:00    View Full Story...

Why Flamingos are the Balance Awareness Week Mascot? When you think of a flamingo, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s their vibrant pink feathers, their long legs, or the iconic pose of standing gracefully on one leg. This striking image is more than just a symbol of beauty and elegance; it’s a perfect representation of balance, making flamingos the ideal mascot for Balance Awareness Week. Let’s dive into why Fiona Flamingo is the perfect ambassador for the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) and the significance of Balance Awareness Week. The Symbolism of the Flamingos Flamingos are synonymous with balance. Their unique ability to stand on one leg for extended periods without toppling over is a fascinating natural wonder. This impressive feat requires a finely tuned vestibular system, which is the sensory system responsible for providing our brain with information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation. For people with vestibular disorders, […]

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VEDA - Published Fri Jul 12 2024 22:15    View Full Story...

What to Expect During Vestibular Physical Therapy? Are you dealing with vertigo or dizziness and wondering what to expect at a vestibular physical therapy appointment? In this video, Dr. Anthony Veglia, DPT, provides a detailed overview of a typical visit for those experiencing vestibular disorders. Learn what happens during your sessions and how your therapist will tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs. If you’re searching for relief from vertigo, this guide will help you feel prepared and informed about your upcoming physical therapy appointment. For help finding a vestibular healthcare provider visit VeDA’s Directory. WATCH NOW TRANSCRIPT VeDA uses otter.ai to create machine-generated transcripts. This transcript may contain errors. Hi, I’m Dr. Anthony Veglia, a PT who exclusively treats patients with dizziness, imbalance and vertigo. So let’s say that you’re scheduled for your very first visit with a PT for Vestibular rehabilitation. What should you expect from this […]

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VEDA - Published Tue Jul 9 2024 09:30    View Full Story...

Run Balanced By Alex Biss The Birth of a Support Group One of the hardest parts about my vestibular illness is the toll it has taken on my capacity for physical activity. In the fluid stage of recovery that I’m in, RunBalanced was born. This isn’t just a space for runners; it’s a haven for everyone who finds joy in putting one foot in front of the other. RunBalanced is a safe space for those who want to incorporate running and exercise into their life in a balanced way. It is absolutely not about pace, distance or races. Instead, it’s about celebrating that “I got out the door to exercise” feeling. About Me My name is Alex, and I am going to learn to be your fearless running leader and bring you a source of inspiration. I am 24 years old and live in Toronto, Canada. While I’ve had balance […]

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VEDA - Published Fri Jul 5 2024 15:42    View Full Story...

Sound Pharmaceuticals Tests New Drug With Cochlear Implant Sound Pharmaceutical (SPI) is a company focusing on treatment for sensorineural hearing loss. SPI announced that it has received FDA approval to proceed with it’s Investigational New Drug Application involving SPI-1005 treatment and cochlear implantation. SPI-1005 is an anti inflammatory and neuroprotective medication used to prevent and treat sensorineural hearing loss. Previous studies have shown that it is effective in treating conditions such as Meniere’s disease, acute noise induced hearing loss, and ototoxicity. A cochlear implant is a device that is surgically placed in the ear to stimulate nerve function to improve hearing loss. Specific indications exist for candidates to be eligible to receive this procedure. SPI’s goal for this Phase 2 trial is to decrease the loss of residual hearing during and after cochlear implantation. The Phase 2 trial intends to select 40 subjects who meet the requirements for and are […]

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VEDA - Published Tue Jun 25 2024 17:55    View Full Story...

Finding Vestibular Healthcare Providers If you or a loved one has struggled with symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance, you know how challenging it can be to find a healthcare professional with specialized training in vestibular dysfunction. This can lead to months or even years of misdiagnosis and lack of effective treatment, leaving you literally spinning and unable to perform simple daily tasks. Getting connected to qualified vestibular healthcare providers early can reduce the time it takes you to get an accurate diagnosis and improve your quality of life. But how do you know what clinic or specialist to choose? VeDA can guide you on this journey with three helpful resources: Healthcare specialty definitions How to choose a vestibular healthcare specialist Balance Center Definitions Our healthcare specialty definitions explain the role each provider plays on a multidisciplinary team, from medical doctors (e.g. neurotologist), who provide a diagnosis, to audiologists, who […]

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VEDA - Published Wed Jun 19 2024 17:22    View Full Story...

BEqualise: the holistic wellness app for people with dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance from a vestibular disorder An App for the Vestibular Community BEqualise if Free for a Limited Time Only Living with vestibular disorders can present significant challenges, impacting every aspect of daily life. Aside from the multiple challenges that patients endure from a physical to psychological perspective, finding effective support and resources tailored to the individual can be an additional stressor. That’s the problem that BEqualise set out to solve. BEqualise is the first wellness app designed to provide holistic support for individuals grappling with dizziness, imbalance, and vertigo. BEqualise is now available for free. This offer is limited in time and to the VeDA community while the app is in testing. They are currently looking for feedback from patients about how the app can be most helpful. Download For Free VeDA’s Executive Director, Cynthia Ryan, recently went live with BEqualise […]

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VEDA - Published Thu Jun 13 2024 10:59    View Full Story...

ICU – “I SEE YOU” PODCAST Dizziness and Vertigo Make You Anxious? LISTEN NOW Available wherever you get your podcasts. APPLE PODCASTS    SPOTIFY   YOUTUBE As you know, dealing with vestibular disorders can take a toll on a person’s mental well-being. Feelings of stress, sadness, and uncertainty about the future are common, and these emotional responses can manifest as anxiety. Anxiety and vestibular symptoms can create a vicious cycle where one exacerbates the other, and it’s ever so hard to break that cycle. Addressing anxiety in people with vestibular dysfunction often involves a multifaceted approach that may include vestibular rehabilitation therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, and medications if necessary. By addressing both the physical symptoms and the associated anxiety, people can better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Today we’re going to be talking with psychologist, Joanna Wolfson, and vestibular patient, Lauren Colella, about why anxiety is […]

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VEDA - Published Wed Jun 12 2024 21:30    View Full Story...