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Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Jenks Vestibular Laboratories

More than half of the population will see a doctor at some point in their lives with symptoms related to the vestibular system (e.g., dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, blurred vision). Vestibular disorders are often debilitating and even life-threatening when falls result. Researchers focusing in the area of the vestibular system seek to improve diagnostic techniques and to develop and refine treatments for patients suffering from related disorders.

Research Summary

Collaboration between our scientists, engineers, and physicians has led to the development of balance aids for patients suffering imbalance, as well as vestibular implants for patients who have lost inner ear function. Additionally, researchers are dedicated to overcoming the limitations of clinical vestibular testing and improving diagnoses for the large number of patients whose diagnoses cannot be confirmed by testing.

Research Areas

Learn more about our two laboratories investigating vestibular and balance function.

Our Investigators

Our scientists study vestibular function using various behavioral measures, including assays of balance, perception, and the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR).