We Have The Community’s Expert For Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

What causes dizziness?

If any of the three different systems related to your balance become compromised, you could experience dizziness or vertigo. These systems include:

Vestibular relating to inner ear function
Vision relating to visual acuity
Somatosensory relating to the system of sensory neurons and pathways, which correspond to changes at the surface or inside the body

Maintaining your balance requires coordination between all three systems working together. When each performs at its best capacity, the brain easily and effectively processes the messages sent from them to control the necessary muscular responses from your body so you can maintain your balance.

How VRT Helps with Dizziness

One in three American adults over age 65 experiences falls leading to serious injury or even death on an annual basis. Dizziness is the third most common complaint heard in physicians’ offices. Because we are committed to addressing our patients’ concerns whether common or unique, we are proud to be the only ENT office in Arizona with an on-site physical therapist.

Dr. Stolper, our vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) specialist, provides rehabilitative therapy to our dizzy and gait challenged patients in our state-of-the-art facility.

This unique form of physical therapy targets both the primary and secondary balance problems caused by vestibular disorders. The program is exercise based with the goal of reducing dizziness and vertigo while correcting gate instability in order to prevent imbalance leading to falls.

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You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

“I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

“I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

“You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

“My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.