Baylor College of Medicine

Vestibular and Balance Disorders (H-22229)



Epidemiologic Research on Screening for Vestibular and Balance Disorders

The purpose of this study is to determine the percentage of people in the general population who have undiagnosed problems of the vestibular system, i.e., the “inner ear.” This information will be useful to epidemiologists, physicians and other healthcare providers who plan healthcare resources in their communities.

The study involves taking the standard battery of diagnostic tests of the inner ear (about 90 minutes) and doing some simple screening tests (about 15 minutes). Testing can be done over several sessions.

The study will pay you $40 for your time.


Inclusion Criteria

  • Must be 21 to 90 years old
  • Must be able to stand up unassisted for at least one minute
  • Must have vision good enough to see some bright dots on a screen three feet away
  • Must have functional range of motion (flexibility) of the feet and legs

Exclusion Criteria

  • No known diagnosis of inner ear disorders
  • No surgery on the ear or inner ear
  • No neurologic problems (e.g., stroke, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, peripheral neuropathy)
  • No knee or hip replacements
  • No current pregnancy
  • No weight more than 275 lbs.

For more information contact Nathan Silver at 713-798-5233.

IRB: H-22229




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