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Improved ability to predict and detect declining vestibular function in older adults

Keywords:
audiology ageing vestibular dysfunction

Researchers:
S.J. Pyott
J.E.C. Wiersinga-Post
R.H. Free
N.M.A. Schubert

Nature of the research:
Identify novel predictor of age-related vestibular decline in both a population-based cohort and a clinical cohort.

Fields of study:
epidemiology ENT medicine geriatrics

Background / introduction
The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the brain with information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation. This system is essential for balance and motor coordination. Unfortunately, declining vestibular function is extremely prevalent among older adults and limits daily activities, contributes to traumatic falls, and associates with increased cognitive decline. Unfortunately, despite the prevalence of declining vestibular function in older adults, reduced function goes largely unmanaged because it goes largely unidentified.
Research question / problem definition
This project aims to identify predictors for age-related declining vestibular function, which can result in the improved ability to develop screening methods and interventions to improve quality of life of individuals at risk for age-related vestibular decline.
Workplan
1) Retrospective study including patients with paired vestibular and auditory phenotyping to identify potential audiometric parameters that correlate with age-related vestibular decline.
2) Data from the Lifelines cohort study will be available to give insight in the prevalence of dizziness and the predictors for developing dizziness.
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