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Research

Mass. Eye and Ear is one of the world’s leading institutions pursuing a research focus on vestibular problems. Major initiatives include:

  • Development of VEMP testing – Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials – an inner ear reflex test that could prove invaluable in early detection of Meniere’s disease and other balance disorders.
  • Development of an ambulatory vestibular monitor – a new device, similar to a cardiac event monitor. Worn by the patient with vestibular problems, the portable, self-powered monitor will record vestibular function and other indicators over the course of a few days of normal activity.
  • Development of a vestibular prosthesis for patients who have lost function in their own balance organs – both a wearable version and an implantable version similar to the cochlear implant for the hearing impaired are under development. 

Learn more – links of interest

Video – Dr. Rauch's Online Otology Clinic
Balance Disorders Overview, from Mass. Eye and Ear
Balance, Dizziness and You, from Mass. Eye and Ear
Meniere's Disease, from Mass. Eye and Ear
The Vestibular Disorders Association