Mass. Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital


Balance Care

Office Information

250 Pond Street
Braintree, MA 02184
Appointment Phone: 617-573-6700

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Mass. Eye and Ear’s Balance and Vestibular Center at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital uses both clinical expertise and the most advanced computerized technology to provide a complete evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for dizziness and balance disorders. We provide consultation on the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Our Braintree location is affiliated with surrounding hospitals:

  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital

Balance Care

The Balance and Vestibular Center

The Balance and Vestibular Center is directed by Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Steven Rauch.  Dr. Rauch is a physician-scientist specializing in otology. His clinical practice is heavily weighted toward medical otology and balance disorders. He has spent his entire career in this specialty and is considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on vestibular and balance disorders. Dr. Rauch is also a Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Joining Dr. Rauch at the center is Dr. Gregory Whitman, a clinical neurologist who subspecializes in the treatment of vertigo, dizziness, and gait and balance disorders. Patients suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) will be particularly well served at Dr. Whitman’s neurology dizziness clinic, since Dr. Whitman treats patients with BPPV almost every day, often multiple times per day. Board Certified in Neurology, Dr. Whitman has specialized in dizziness for over 15 years.

Diagnostic Testing

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Diagnostic Testing 

Vestibular testing is a way of measuring the performance of certain parts of the balance system.  It is not a measure of your symptoms and you do not need to feel dizzy on the day of testing.  The test battery is comprised of four parts:

  • Rotary Chair Testing:  Patient sits in a pivoting chair turning gently while eye movements are recorded (using video).  This test is conducted to help evaluate sensitivity of the inner ears to turning motion.
  • Visual-vestibular interaction (VVI):  Patients sits in the rotary chair turning gently while looking at moving targets.  This test is given to see how well the central nervous system can combine multiple motion cues.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG):  Video goggles will be placed over eyes to monitor and record voluntary and reflexive eye movements.  The VNG helps measure how well the eyes, inner ears and brain help you keep your balance and position.  This test can often indicate whether a balance problem is in the inner ear, brain or nerves connecting them.
  • Computerized Posture Platform (EquiTest):  Patient stands on a platform that senses weight shifting to see how well they can control their posture under a variety of conditions.  This test provides objective assessment of balance control and postural stability under conditions designed to reflect the challenges of daily life.

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MdDS Treatment

Mal de Debarquement Syndrome Treatment

Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) is a disorder that causes persistent sensations of rocking, swaying, or bobbing, and gait and balance impairment. These symptoms often begin soon after a cruise, flight, or long car ride and can last for weeks to months. Many patients express the feeling of swaying or rocking as if they were still on a boat or airplane when on solid ground. For some patients, the only time they ‘feel good’ is when riding in an automobile.

At Mass. Eye and Ear, we are now offering a new treatment for patients with MdDS, called VOR readaptation. VOR readaptation prompts patients’ neural circuits to change, leading to a decrease in balance impairment. In a recent clinical trial, this therapy showed a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of MdDS symptoms. 

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 617-573-6700 today. 

VOR readaptation is not covered by insurance and does require out of pocket fees to be paid by the patient. Ordinary consults and vestibular tests are billed as usual to insurance.

Our Staff

Whitman G

Gregory T. Whitman, M.D.

  • Otology and Neurotology
  • Otoneurology
  • Vestibular/Balance Disorders



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From Points South

Take Route 3 North to Exit 17 (Union Street toward Braintree/S. Braintree). At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto Union Street. Take a left onto Washington Street. Follow Washington Street for about one mile, and then take a right onto Pond Street.  Our office is located at the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, which will be on your left.

From Points North

Take Route 93 South to Exit 6 to merge onto MA-37 (S/Granite Street toward Braintree/Holbrook). Turn right onto Pond Street.  Our office is located at the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, which will be on your left.

From Points West

Take I-90 East (Mass. Pike) to Exit 14. Merge onto I-95 South toward South Shore. Continue onto U.S. 1 North. Continue onto I-93 North/U.S. 1 North. Take Exit 6 to merge onto MA-37 South (Granite Street) toward Braintree. Turn right onto Pond Street. Our office is located at the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, which will be on your left.