Prior to the initial consultation, patients are asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire about their dizziness, hearing, balance and other medical conditions. This questionnaire contributes to the preparation of the neuro-otologic history of the patient that is critical in formulating the initial diagnosis and thereby the appropriate treatment and management.
Patients are required to bring with them a written list of their current medications, MRI and CT scans, results of hearing and vestibular function tests, and any other relevant investigations.
Following the evaluation a customised treatment and management programme is designed based on the assessment findings.
The treatment and management programme includes: –
- Printed information about your condition
- Education of the patient and caregiver(s) about his/her vestibular and balance disorder.
- Long term self-management strategies for chronic vestibular and balance problems.
- Time to ask and have your questions answered.
- Personalised printed exercises and activities to be performed at home, work or in hospital.
- Personalised printed strategies to increase your safety and independence at home, work and in the community.
- Regular reviews when indicated.
- Written report to the referring practitioner and others involved your health care.
- Telephone calls to patients and health practitioners when indicated.
- Adaptive equipment when indicated.
- Home visits and home modifications when indicated.
- Referrals to other health-care professionals e.g. Psychologist, Neurologist, Ear Nose and Throat specialist, Audiologist, Podiatrist.
- Information about support organisations for people with dizziness, balance disorders, tinnitus, and related hearing problems.
- Information about community resources e.g. Arthritis and Osteoporosis Foundation, Tai chi classes, yoga classes.
Prof Dr Margie Sharpe
PhD MSc B Appl Sc(Phty) AUA
Provider No: 2067086K
Level 2 , 70 Hindmarsh Square
ADELAIDE SA 5000