Testing The Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex
Patients living with diabetes are at greater risk of injury due to falling. Chronically elevated glucose levels can lead to severe nerve damage in the inner ear, which can affect our bodies ability to maintain balance. The communication between the ear and eye is critical for mobility and is known as the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). At Diabetes Texas, we offer Vestibular-Autorotation Testing (VAT®) in diagnosing and treating deficiencies of the VOR. Our non-invasive treatment helps to identify and improve our patients ability maintain balance and reduces the chances of falling.
Frequently Asked Questions
VOR (vestibulo-ocular reflex) refers to the inner ear and eye system that coordinates balance. Symptoms of deficiency include:
- Dizziness or spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Problems with balance or walking
- Frequent falling
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hearing loss (or decrease in sound volume) in one ear
- Earache or ear pain
If you are experiencing these or any other symptoms, schedule your fall prevention test with Diabetes Texas today.
Injuries due to falling are among the leading causes of death in the elderly, killing an estimated 13,000 seniors each year.
Researchers say this is likely due to damage done by high blood sugar levels to the hair cells in the inner ear that facilitate balance control and to the long-term damage from diabetes to the inner ear’s small blood vessels. People with diabetes were 70 percent more likely to suffer from vestibular problems.
Fall prevention testing performed by Diabetes Texas is non-invasive.