Audiologists play a central role in the screening, assessment and diagnosis of patients with balance system disorders; they are a part of an interdisciplinary team who treat patients with Balance System Disorders.
Audiologists have general knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the balance system, including the peripheral and central vestibular and somatosensory systems as well as interactions among these systems. As a doctor of Audiology, they have medical knowledge of various conditions and events that may affect the balance system. They are trained to conduct calibration and function checks on equipment associated with assessment and management of patients with dizziness and balance disorders as needed. They understand how to appropriately alter vestibular testing protocol for diagnostic and rehabilitative assessment of dizziness and balance disorders. Audiologists are trained to interpret and integrate vestibular and balance test results and related data for establishment of baseline function, which may be used for outcome measures regarding future rehabilitation. They are familiar with medical conditions and can assess their impact and can assess and manage balance disorders. Audiologists are trained to perform Canalith repositioning procedures (CRP) on patients with BPPV of posterior, lateral, or anterior semicircular canal origin.
The Audiologists at Oklahoma Hearing Center are the best at consulting and designing an individualized vestibular rehabilitation program, sometimes needing to participate in multidisciplinary team consultations and management of patients with dizziness and/or balance disorders.