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Our clinics will now be offering vestibular physiotherapy services. Vestibular services will be provided by Veronique St-Georges, a  practicing physiotherapist who specializes in using rehabilitation therapy to treat vestibular disorders. 

01 | What Are Vestibular Disorders?

Vestibular disorders are a series of dysfunctions that impact how your brain processes sensory information such as balance and eye movement. The common vestibular disorders include vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and difficulties in spatial orientation. Vestibular disorders can start when your body experiences trauma, commonly caused by a motor by motor vehicle accident or hard falls.

02 | Is Vestibular Therapy Right For You?

Vestibular therapy might be right for you if you have recently been in an accident and are experiencing blurred vision when moving, dizziness, vomiting and nausea, motion sensitivity, general unsteadiness or random falls. Identifying your symptoms early is important because untreated vestibular disorders can cause other conditions such as decreased activity, movement restrictions, poor concentration, anxiety or depression.

03 | How Do Our Clinics Diagnose Vestibular Disorders?

Consultations will be provided by physiotherapist St-George who will diagnose your symptoms and identify your vestibular disorder. A typical consultations consists of:

  • Identifying your level of balance, dizziness and migraines
  • Vestibular assessment
  • A physical examination of motion in your neck and spine
  • Running tests for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Assessing responses in your nervous system
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04 | How Do We Treat Vestibular Disorders

Vestibular disorders can take on many forms and as a result, there will be a range of different treatments. Generally, treatment will include therapeutic exercises for your disorder and training your body to make a habit out of these actions. Below are a list of treatment examples:

  • For treating BPPV: Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers
  • For vision control: Gaze Stabilization Exercises
  • Balance Retraining
  • For Dizziness: Optokinetic Stimulation Exercises
  • For Motion Stabilization: Habituation Exercises

05 | Our Process

500 Million People Affected by Hearing Loss

Our clinics have simplified the process so you can focus solely on their treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of vestibular disorders as the result of a traumatic accident visit your general physician to get a referral or give our clinics a referral using our referral forms available on Telus EMR systems or our website. We’ll use your referral to contact the patient and immediately book an initial phone consultation and later, a full in-person assessment consultation . Phone consultations are free and full vestibular physiotherapy assessments are $300. Upon assessment, our team will work tirelessly with insurance providers and adjusters to create a treatment plan that best fits your needs.

Our hope is to help your patients suffering from vestibular disorders induced by motor vehicle accidents or other causes. Our team is committed to providing the best patient care and anticipate working with you to help those in need. We look forward to your continued support.

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What Most People Ask About Hearing Loss

Unfortunately, many forms of hearing loss are permanent because there is no cure. Treatment methods that feature amplification fit to your specific hearing loss by a hearing care professional typically have the highest user satisfaction for improved hearing and improved quality of life.

Protecting your hearing from noise levels greater than 85 decibels at work and during leisure activities will greatly reduce your chances of noise-induced hearing loss. Many manufacturing jobs require hearing protection in loud environments, but hearing protection is also recommended while ATV riding, hunting, attending concerts and sporting events, and playing music — all situations where your hearing is vulnerable.

How can you tell when loud noises might harm your hearing? If you need to raise your voice to be heard over the sound, it’s loud enough that you should be wearing hearing protection. And the louder the sound, the shorter the time you can be exposed to it before it starts damaging your hearing.

You can also ask yourself if the noise seems louder than a lawnmower or leaf blower, which usually average around 80 to 85 decibels. If it’s louder than a lawnmower, be careful! Exposure at this level for even two hours can cause damage. Noise levels above 85 decibels is considered the threshold at which one’s hearing is endangered, and where existing hearing loss can be made worse. Very loud environments such as concerts, sports events, or nightclubs can be 100-110 decibels, causing damage in as little as 5 to 15 minutes. [Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/what_noises_cause_hearing_loss.html]

You’ll need hearing protection at these noise levels, but remember, you can try headphones or earbuds to see what works best.

Many jobs, and safety laws that protect you while working, require hearing protection in loud environments, but hearing protection is recommended in all situations where your hearing is vulnerable.

See your physician immediately; sudden hearing loss is considered a medical emergency. Sudden hearing loss typically resolves on its own within two weeks, but it might not — meaning your hearing might be gone for good. Seeking medical assistance within 72 hours of the onset of sudden hearing loss greatly improves the chances that your hearing will recover.

Since hearing loss is cumulative, hearing loss begins as an infant and continues throughout life. Most individuals don’t begin to experience symptoms until their late 20s or early 30s, and by age 45 a yearly hearing check becomes of greater importance. Hearing loss is more common in older adults. One-third of people beyond the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, however mild or severe, and that share of the elderly population increases as they age.

Hearing loss is a puzzle that our professionals love to solve, and it is based on your individual experiences, lifestyle, and severity of impairment. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment method for hearing loss — it’s based on the sounds that you can’t hear, which vary greatly, and the sounds that you want to be able to hear.

A quality hearing system from a reputable manufacturer isn’t effective until an experienced, qualified hearing care professional programs the technology properly based on your unique hearing needs. They are committed to helping you have the best experience possible, and will work to ensure you’re happy and comfortable.

Research has established a relationship between hearing loss and dementia. There is strong evidence that hearing loss accelerates brain-tissue atrophy, particularly in areas of the brain that auditory nerves would stimulate but can’t because they aren’t receiving a signal (due to a hearing loss). These areas of the brain are also related to memory and speech.

Individuals with a mild hearing loss are three times as likely to fall down than those without, and the likelihood of falls increases as the degree of hearing loss increases.