Although vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders are not widely recognized, they are surprisingly common. However, due to lack of awareness among medical professionals and the public, vestibular disorders are difficult to diagnose. Patients often spend 3-5 years seeking a diagnosis, and it is not uncommon for a patient to see 7-9 doctors in different specialties during this process. In the meantime, the patient continues to suffer physically, mentally and emotionally, sometimes becoming incapacitated and unable to perform basic daily functions.
VEDA has launched an advocacy effort with the goal of reducing the time it takes to diagnose a vestibular disorder. WE NEED YOUR HELP! By answering our survey questions you’ll be contributing to a body of data that can be used to evaluate the barriers to diagnosis and develop a plan to address them. With your help VEDA can share the vestibular patient’s experience with the medical community. Together we can implement systemic change to raise awareness about vestibular disorders, thereby reducing diagnosis times and improving treatment effectiveness.