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The Balance Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Helping Those with Balance Related Problems

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Balance Program is designed to help individuals who experience dizziness, vertigo, ongoing nausea and other balance related problems.

Vestibular Balance Disorder

Dizziness and vertigo are classic symptoms of a vestibular balance disorder. Balance disorders can strike at any age but are most common as people get older. In fact, one of the most common causes for injuries in older persons is dizziness. Your ear is a complicated system that functions together with your vision to help maintain balance. Your sense of balance is made up of the way that you hear and see. Senses such as sight and hearing, define the interaction of balance and movement. For example, as you move, the fluid in your ear moves with you. This contributes to your brain's ability of balance. Likewise, other areas within the ear feel the sensation of movement based on the movement of the fluid.

Common Causes

These are common causes of balance disorders:

  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Inner ear problems, such as those related to poor circulation in the ear
  • Problems rooted in the brain, such as traumatic brain injury or tumor

Coordinated Care

The Balance Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center coordinates care, testing and therapy to assist patients in identifying causes of dizziness and loss of balance as well as the treatment to correct the balance issues.

Types of testing offered include:

  • Nystamography
  • Occular Motility
  • Optokinetic Nystagmus
  • Positional Nystagmus