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Peripheral vestibular dysfunction can be caused by inner ear disorders, drug toxicity, neuritis, or a number of other causes. In the absence of a fully functional vestibular system, the brain often requires retraining to correctly utilize visual and proprioceptive cues to maintain postural stability.

People with vestibular dysfunction experience multiple problems with posture control and movement, including an unsteady gait and various balance-related difficulties. These effects make it very difficult to walk in the dark or on uneven surfaces without risk of falling. They are typically referred for conventional vestibular therapy. Many patients improve with therapeutic intervention. Some patients reach a plateau and do not return to their previous level of function. The BrainPort balance device transmits head position information via electrotactile stimulation of the tongue. With training, patients learn to use the positional information to correct their balance.
Mice study could lead to potential treatment for vestibular disorders

Mice study could lead to potential treatment for vestibular disorders

New report examines VA's process for determining TBI in veterans seeking disability compensation

New report examines VA's process for determining TBI in veterans seeking disability compensation

Special issue of Optometry and Vision Science features new research on visual dysfunction after TBI

Special issue of Optometry and Vision Science features new research on visual dysfunction after TBI

Vestibular thresholds begin to increase above age 40, new study finds

Vestibular thresholds begin to increase above age 40, new study finds

Concussion-related symptoms improve following initial session of OMT

Concussion-related symptoms improve following initial session of OMT

New study reveals why some vestibular schwannomas cause hearing loss

New study reveals why some vestibular schwannomas cause hearing loss

Salicylates drugs reduce proliferation, viability of cultured vestibular schwannoma cells

Salicylates drugs reduce proliferation, viability of cultured vestibular schwannoma cells

Study shows how neurons in the brain select information needed to keep us in balance

Study shows how neurons in the brain select information needed to keep us in balance

Special issue on new developments in vestibular rehabilitation

Special issue on new developments in vestibular rehabilitation

Inner ear balance disorders common, linked to falls among American seniors

Inner ear balance disorders common, linked to falls among American seniors

Cochlear implantation leads to a higher quality of life in elderly patients

Cochlear implantation leads to a higher quality of life in elderly patients