Interdisciplinary Approach to Dizziness: Roles of Audiology and Physical Therapy Dizziness is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care, and because there are many causes of dizziness, management of these patients requires an interdisciplinary approach. Peripheral vestibular dysfunction is the most common cause of dizziness/vertigo diagnosed in specialty clinics. The purpose of this article is to present ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2013
Interdisciplinary Approach to Dizziness: Roles of Audiology and Physical Therapy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Faith W. Akin
    Vestibular and Auditory Research Enhancement Award Program, Mountain Home VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
    Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Courtney D. Hall
    Vestibular and Auditory Research Enhancement Award Program, Mountain Home VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
    Department of Physical Therapy, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Kristal M. Riska
    Vestibular and Auditory Research Enhancement Award Program, Mountain Home VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
    Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Financial Disclosure: Faith W. Akin is Director of the Vestibular/Balance Laboratory and Vestibular and Auditory Research Enhancement Program at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. Courtney D. Hall is a Research Health Scientist at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. Kristal Riska is a Research Audiologist at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University. Their work is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development.
    Financial Disclosure: Faith W. Akin is Director of the Vestibular/Balance Laboratory and Vestibular and Auditory Research Enhancement Program at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. Courtney D. Hall is a Research Health Scientist at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. Kristal Riska is a Research Audiologist at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University. Their work is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Faith W. Akin has previously published in the subject area. Courtney D. Hall has previously published in the subject area. Kristal Riska has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Faith W. Akin has previously published in the subject area. Courtney D. Hall has previously published in the subject area. Kristal Riska has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   November 01, 2013
Interdisciplinary Approach to Dizziness: Roles of Audiology and Physical Therapy
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2013, Vol. 14, 11-21. doi:10.1044/phi14.1.11
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2013, Vol. 14, 11-21. doi:10.1044/phi14.1.11

Dizziness is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care, and because there are many causes of dizziness, management of these patients requires an interdisciplinary approach. Peripheral vestibular dysfunction is the most common cause of dizziness/vertigo diagnosed in specialty clinics. The purpose of this article is to present an interdisciplinary approach to the management of patients with vestibular dysfunction with a focus on the unique and overlapping contributions of audiology and physical therapy to vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

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