Fall Prevention Treatment and Therapy Services
High Level Speech & Hearing Center provides comprehensive fall prevention treatments and therapy services that are designed to help patients avoid injuries and disabilities associated with falling. As a leader in the speech and hearing industry, we are dedicated to helping you learn about the importance of balance testing and letting you know what to expect when visiting us for this important screening.
Fall prevention is essential, especially for those over the age of 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among elderly adults. At least 10% of falls may lead to severe injuries, such as head wounds and hip fractures. Along with physical pain, these incidents can also cause emotional distress, as some patients may end up spending months away from home while recovering in a long-term care facility.
What Is Balance Testing?
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If a disease or injury damages these processing areas, this can result in vestibular disorders. Our videonystagmography (VNG) testing equipment assesses the balance system and inner ear for trauma or genetic deficiencies, which often result in the need for rehabilitation therapy.
With state-of-the-art equipment, such as the VNG test, we can perform comprehensive balance testing to assist patients who have experienced the following conditions:
Hip and knee replacements
Head trauma or a traumatic brain injury
Sensorineural hearing loss
Mal de debarquement syndrome
Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
The Importance of Balance Testing
Balance testing is essential because the associated issues affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. According to the CDC, approximately 800,000 individuals have a stroke every year in the U.S., which is often signified by dizziness, mobility issues, and loss of balance. Additionally, more than 40% of adults over the age of 40 experience dizziness or vertigo at some point in their lives.
As a result of these sicknesses and other balance issues, approximately 646,000 individuals die from falls in the U.S. every year. These conditions require sophisticated medical treatments and therapy. High Level Speech & Hearing offers the comprehensive hearing and balance evaluations necessary to determine your risk of falling, as well as treatments and therapies that reduce these risks.
What Services Are Available?
Our mission is to mitigate your fear of falling, restore your confidence, and provide you with an effective treatment plan that can help increase your mobility and get you back to a healthy lifestyle. To fulfill this mission, we offer comprehensive speech, hearing, and balance testing treatments, as well as therapy services to help reduce your risk of falling. These treatments include:
Otoacoustic emissions testing
Assistive listening devices
If you struggle with balance and dizziness issues or have concerns about your risk of falling, schedule an evaluation at High Level Speech & Hearing today. Give us a call at 504.267.8048 to schedule an appointment at our locations in Uptown New Orleans or Harahan.