Blue Ridge Hearing & Balance Clinic
Evaluation and Treatment for Dizziness
We specialize in evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. Our facility offers diagnostic procedures unavailable elsewhere in West Virginia. In fact, the closest clinic with comparable facilities is at the University of Virginia, a nearly 4-hour drive.
Our clinic director, Dr. Alan Desmond, AuD, has numerous publications and frequently lectures to other audiologists about treating dizziness and balance disorders. His first book, Vestibular Function: Evaluation and Treatment, was released internationally in 2004 and has been a best seller and required reading in many audiology doctoral programs. His newest book, an expanded and updated second edition, Vestibular Function: Clinical and Practice Management, was released in May of 2011.
Common complaints of dizziness include vertigo (a spinning sensation), gait and postural instability (feeling unsteady when on your feet or walking), and lightheadedness (feeling faint and off balance when you stand up quickly). There are many possible causes for these complaints, and the evaluation can be time consuming. Our treatment program is so effective that our results have been published nationally.
The most common cause of vertigo is a condition known as benign positional vertigo (BPV). BPV causes a brief sensation of spinning associated with tilting the head back, lying down or rolling over in bed. Our success rate in curing this condition is 98%. Not all causes of dizziness enjoy such a high cure rate.