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Why You Should Never Ignore Vestibular Balance Issues

Dr. Kelly Hansen, Au.D.

Why You Should Never Ignore Vestibular Balance Issues At least 50 percent of the U.S. population will develop a balance issue, at some point in their lives. Balance disorders typically happen to the aging population, between the ages of 50 to 75, and most of these are related to vestibular disruptions.

Patients suffering from vestibular related disorders frequently experience vertigo, dizziness, nausea, gait issues (walking), and imbalance. In addition, many patients complain of mood changes and cognitive impairment. Usually, these symptoms stem from issues in the inner ear. More than 69 million Americans have experienced some form of vestibular problems in their lifetime, and that number is on the rise.

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is the most common form of vestibular complications.

• Benign –Not life-threatening
• Paroxysmal –Brief spells that come and go
• Positional – Triggered by certain head positions or movements
• Vertigo – A false sense of rotational movement

Tiny calcium crystals (otoconia) in the inner ear that slough off and get lodged in the fluid of the ear canals (labyrinth) usually are the cause of BPPV. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo can be effectively treated with the Epley Omniax System that move the crystals through the ear, improving and in many cases alleviating vertigo and the sensations of dizziness. The Epley Omniax System is an advanced software-driven machine that allows the doctors to rotate patients virtually in any position-including a 360 degree flip for treatment. This highly advanced clinical tool helps diagnose and treat vertigo in a new way, often leaving patients vertigo-free in only one visit.

Don’t Ignore Your Symptoms
It’s dangerous to leave vestibular disorders untreated. If you have balance issues, your likelihood of suffering a fall with possible complications like broken bones, or impingements, which cause limited range-of-motion is much higher. Not to mention that the unpleasant side effects of nausea and painful headaches can be alleviated through the proper treatment, which will help you to get back to living a higher quality of life.

Dr. Kelly Hansen, Au.D.
Audiologist, Dr. Kelly Hansen has more than 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing, dizziness, and balance disorders. She opened the practice at Trinity Hearing & Balance Center in 2006. Dr. Hansen obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and her Doctorate of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has attended numerous courses and workshops for dizziness, balance, and hearing disorders throughout her career and is experienced in the most up to date diagnostic testing and treatment for these disorders.

Dr. Hansen is one of a select number of Audiologists Board Certified in Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is clinically certified by and a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Trinity Hearing & Balance
At Trinity Hearing & Balance, we truly believe that better hearing leads to a better life. Our patient-
centered approach allows us to focus on satisfying your hearing care need, whatever they may be. Our practice will work with you to diagnose and find solutions for your hearing, tinnitus, and balance needs using state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technology. Because our focus is entirely on your unique needs, coming to Trinity Hearing & Balance means that you’ll experience patient care that is specific to you, with exceptional follow-up care that ensures your hearing and balance needs are being met.

Trinity Hearing & Balance wants you to be satisfied with your care. We are a local, independent, community-oriented practice. Our services are fully guaranteed, meaning we are committed to listening to your concerns, and your technology is always perfectly fit to renew your world of hearing. A strong patient-provider relationship based on honesty, integrity, and values is what we strive for, and we feel that this is the best approach to making sure you don’t miss any of the precious moments in your life.

Services
• Tinnitus Treatment
• Hearing Tests
• Hearing Aids for all budgets
• Hearing Aid Repairs
• Dizziness, Loss of Balance, Vertigo
• Hearing Protection

If you are experiencing dizziness or other hearing issues, please call Trinity Hearing & Balance of New Port Richey to schedule your appointment.

Trinity Hearing & Balance of New Port Richey
8605 Easthaven Ct., Ste 101, New Port Richey, FL 34655
727-372-1130
www.trinityhearingandbalance.com

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