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Diagnosis-Based Strategies: The Key to Successful Vestibular Rehabilitation Outcomes (PD102633)

Presenter(s): Joseph Sakumura, AuD; Richard E Gans, PhD, CCC-A
Course Description

This recorded session from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference (Expanding Your Clinical Role track) provides a comprehensive overview of today’s modern and highly sensitive neurodiagnostic vestibular tests, including rotary chair, cervical and ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), and video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT), as well as postural stability assessments. The presenters discuss how integrating these tests creates a diagnosis-based strategy that provides the team of diagnostic and rehabilitation professionals with direction and guidance as to the best vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) strategies for the individual patient. The session includes video examples of the range of VRT strategies, including adaptation and habituation.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Determine which neurodiagnostic tests are best at indicating non-compensated conditions 
  • Identify the functional impairments best suited for VRT 
  • Select the best VRT protocols and post-therapy tests to demonstrate successful outcomes

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Presenter Information

Richard E. Gans, PhD, CCC-A, is the founder and executive director of The American Institute of Balance, one of the largest balance centers in the U.S. Dr. Gans received his PhD from The Ohio State University in Auditory-Vestibular Physiology. For over 20 years, he has been a leader in the development of vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation techniques, including tests of oscillopsia and postural stability as well as BPPV treatment. He has presented or published over 150 programs and papers worldwide in the area of equilibrium disorders. He is the author of eight textbook chapters and texts on diagnostic vestibular testing, vestibular rehabilitation, BPPV treatments, and pediatric vestibular evaluation. Thieme Medical Publishers will publish his upcoming textbook, Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders in Children and Adults. His most current research is in the areas of pediatrics, migraine, and psychiatric aspects of dizziness. Dr. Gans served as the President of the American Academy of Audiology (2004­–2005) and continues to be active in professional and governmental issues. He is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Joseph Sakumura, AuD, received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He completed his residency and training at The American Institute of Balance (AIB), with specialization in the evaluation and management of patients with dizziness and balance disorders. Currently, Dr. Sakumura serves as the AIB’s Director of Centers of Specialty Care and works closely with ENT, neurology, and audiology practices globally in the addition and implementation of neurodiagnostic and rehabilitative balance services. Dr. Sakumura is also a senior member of the AIB’s interdisciplinary education faculty, which certifies thousands of physical and occupational therapists annually in the institute’s Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation courses.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by January 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: September 2022
End date: January 17, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102633
Available Through: January 17, 2028