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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 and Dizziness from Mass. Eye and Ear
Meniere's Disease from Mass. Eye and Ear
The Vestibular Disorders Association