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Sponsored by: Jordan Hearing and Balance, LLC South Jordan Utah
Lynn S. Alvord PhD
Balance Disorders – Non-inner ear type
In addition to the vestibular balance system, there are two additional (and more important) balance systems, namely, the somatosensory (referred to sometimes as “leg balance”) and visual balance systems. As to their importance, consider that there are significant numbers of deaf-blind individuals, some of whom have neither inner ear nor visual balance systems. Most of these are not constantly falling, but many who are in this situation were initially challenged by severe imbalance. However, those without adequate leg function (either sensory or motor) usually have severe balance problems. The legs and the rest of the somatosensory balance system should be considered the most important, followed by the visual, with the vestibular system coming in last. It is true that the vestibular might be the most finely tuned and sensitive balance system, but there have been successful gymnasts with impaired vestibular balance on one or both sides.