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Infrared Goggles: A Comparative Guide for Vestibular Therapists

May 09, 2024

At North 49, the three common questions we get asked about infrared goggles are:

  1. Can we get a discount rate on goggles through North 49?
  2. Do I really need goggles?
  3. Which goggles do you recommend?

Can we get a discount rate on goggles through North 49?

The answer to the first question is, unfortunately no. That being said, we would really appreciate that if you end up buying a pair of goggles from Vestibular First that you use: https://vestibularfirst.com/?referredby=507 as it allows us to collect points that we redeem to purchase anatomical models that we give out as draws at our weekend courses. From time to time we also have give-away draws for our monthly newsletter subscribers....

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How To Treat Anterior Canal BPPV

May 12, 2023

With going to vestibular therapy courses have you found that learning how to treat BPPV affecting the anterior canal is often overlooked. This is understandable to some extent given that other vestibular conditions are more prevalent. Specifically with BPPV, according to Bhattacharyya, it only affects the anterior canal up to 3% of the time. Not nearly as common as the other two canals, where much of the training focuses on.

With that being said, BPPV affecting the anterior canal is rare, but it does happen. So, if you are treating patients with dizziness it is just a matter of time until you may see this form of BPPV. When you do it will be good to have a treatment technique up your...

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Ewald's Laws for BPPV & Nystagmus

Apr 11, 2023

Ever heard of Ewald's Laws?

If not, with assessing BPPV do you ever wonder why:

  • With BPPV affecting the posterior canal, going into the Dix-Hallpike Test is more provocative than sitting up after?
  • With BPPV affecting the lateral canal, going into the Supine Roll Test the side that is more provocative is not always the affected side?
  • With cupulolithiasis affecting the lateral canal, the nystagmus beats towards the affected ear with the Lean Test?

Maybe you have not, but understanding the WHY behind these will help us treat the atypical forms of BPPV. It will also help us determine if there is another vestibular condition at play, mimicking BPPV.

What are Ewald’s...

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Deep Head Hang Maneuver to Treat BPPV

Aug 30, 2022

If you are like us, you taken many vestibular therapy courses without being taught how to treat BPPV affecting the anterior canal. Granted, BPPV affecting the anterior canal is rare. If you, however, see a lot of patients with dizziness you will likely see this form of BPPV at some time. When that does occur what are your options?

  • Search Dr. Google and hope for the best.
  • Ask a colleague.
  • Figure it out using an anatomical model (if you have one).
  • Hope it will resolve spontaneously.
  • Other.

Given such, let's review a treatment option that we have found simple and effective called the Deep Head Hang Maneuver. Before we review the technique let's review some background information.

How often...
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Thinking About Getting Infrared Goggles, Then This Is A MUST READ

May 03, 2021
 

The Dilemma With Getting Infrared Goggles

Are you a busy clinician who has ventured out in the field of vestibular therapy, but find it hard to justify the cost of purchasing infrared goggles? You know they would really help with your assessment, take out some of the guess work, and improve your outcomes.  As most things, it can come down to the "budget". Maybe you do not see enough dizzy patients to justify the expense or the owner of the clinic you work at does not understand their value. 

Our Journey To Find Infrared Goggles

We get it as we have been there, but fortunately over the years we have been able to gradually purchase infrared goggles. We actually have...

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Teasing Out The Torsional Nystagmus with BPPV

Feb 27, 2021
 

Do you ever find it difficult to see the torsional component of nystagmus with the Dix-Hallpike test? At times we have, and it can be concerning given the possibility of the  vertical nystagmus being indicative of a central vestibular disorder. There is, however, a clinical trick to help tease out any torsional component. 

It's All About Semicircular Canal Orientation

As the video in this blog reviews, the nystagmus with BPPV is in the same plane as the semicircular canal that is affected. So, with being able to understand the orientation of the canals we can bias the nystagmus to reveal the torsional component and if need be the vertical component.

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What Is Nystagmus?

Sep 12, 2020
 

Nystagmus What Does It Mean?

At North 49 our team of vestibular therapists look for nystagmus in determining one’s cause of dizziness. So, what is nystagmus? It is simply repetitive, uncontrolled eye motion. It usually affects both eyes. Depending on the cause it may be constant or intermittent. It can also be temporary or permanent.

 

Nystagmus how to pronounce?

nuh-stag-muhs

 

Nystagmus what does it look like?

It will look like a stuttering motion of the eyes. This motion can be linear (upward, downward, or laterally), rotary, or a combination. Sometimes it can be seen in room light while other times it cannot. Health care providers therefore use infrared goggles to make...

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