What is a concussion and how is it related to hearing loss, dizziness and imbalance?
Concussions are head injuries that disrupt brain function. Patients may experience concussion following falls, car accidents, or sports related head trauma. The consequences may seem mild at first. Many who suffer a concussion, atheletes and non-athletes alike, do not even lose consciousness or experience memory loss. Along with headache, malaise and concentration or memory issues, concussion can also result in hearing loss, dizziness, imbalance, problemes with job/academic performance, personality changes (irritability, depression and anxiety) and blurred or double vision.
Concussion and Post Concussion Assessment/Testing:
Investigation of concussion is likely to be multifaceted and multidisciplinary. For a complete picture, referrals may be made to other healthcare professionals. In the realm of audiology and physical therapy, the following assessments are recommended:
Evidence of middle ear trauma may be revealed on audiogram in the form of conductive hearing loss.
Videonystagmography (VNG) and Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
VNG and vHIT assessments can identify and objectively quantify vestibular impairments that may result in vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.
Physical Therapy Evaluation
Physical therapist utilizes a battery of tests to assess cervical, vestibular, ocular and balance impairments.
Concussion and Post Concussion Management:
Management of concussion is likely to be multifaceted and multidisciplinary. For complete care, referrals may be made to other healthcare professionals. In the realm of audiology and physical therapy, the following management plan is recommended:
It is recommended patient participate in physical therapy treatment targeting the specific deficits revealed during diagnostic testing. Once a month, patient’s performance will be reassessed and compared to the prior month’s performance and age-appropriate norms in order to monitor patient’s progress. Discharge from physical therapy treatment occurs when patient’s performance falls within normal range for those tasks which originally revealed deficits.
As an ImPACT Certified Concussion Physical Therapy clinic, we combine the medical, audiological diagnositic and targeted physical therapy to help get you and your loved ones back into your daily routine as quicky as possible. If you or a loved one show any of the above signs/symptoms of a concussion or post-concussion syndrome please call (512) 258-2300 to schedule an appointment today.