NEWPORT-MESA AUDIOLOGY INSTITUTE PUTS A NEW SPIN ON DIAGNOSING AND TREATING DIZZINESS, VERTIGO AND BALANCE DISORDERS
November 9, 2010
Misdiagnosis and treatment of dizziness, vertigo and balance disorderscosts the U.S. healthcare system nearly $1 billion a year.
Newport-Mesa Audiology, Balance and Ear Institute announced today it has acquired an advanced 360-degree positioning system to precisely diagnose, manage and treat the growing number of patients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders.
The Encyclopedia of Medicine reports, “Dizziness is an extremely common symptom occurring in people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Balance disorders increase with age, and by age 75, dizziness is one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor. In the general population, dizziness is the third most common reason that patients visit doctors. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 42% of the population of the United States will complain of dizziness at some point in their lives. In the United States, the cost of medical care for patients with symptoms of imbalance is estimated to be more than $1 billion per year.”
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance and Ear Institute is one of only 10 practices in the United States to utilize the EPLEY Omniax® System (EPLEY chair) for treating difficult-to-diagnose vertigo cases, including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), said Dr. Howard Mango, executive director of Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance and Ear Institute.
The EPLEY chair combines the ability to position patients at any angle with software that measures and monitors involuntary eye movements (nystagmus). While patients are placed in various positions, nystagmus indicates the location of vestibular dysfunction within the inner ear that causes dizziness, including the most common form of vertigo, BPPV.
“We are one of very few offices in the nation offering such a wide variety of cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment options for patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders,” Dr. Mango said. “To our knowledge, our Institute is the only facility capable of isolating and testing all 10 end organs of the inner ear.”
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance and Ear Institute, which has treated more than 30,000 patients since 1977, also utilizes an advanced I-Portal® Neuro-Otologic Test Center (Neuro Kinetics rotary chair) to diagnose and treat vestibular dysfunction and offers the ground-breaking Lyric® invisible extended wear hearing device for hearing loss.
Newport-Mesa Audiology Balance and Ear Institute (www.dizziland.com) is one of the country’s leading institutes for the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. A team of doctors of Audiology work with state-of-the-art technology in the areas of vestibular diagnosis and rehabilitation. Patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders can be diagnosed and treated in the most cost-efficient manner possible, eliminating a time-consuming, expensive and frustrating course of care experienced by many patients. The Institute receives referrals from a broad network of physicians including neurologists, otolaryngologists, internal medicine, cardiologists and family physicians, with the goal of restoring balance to their patients’ lives.