The Vestibular and Balance Laboratory serves two primary goals:
1.) to provide clinical services in the assessment of balance and dizziness and, 2.) to conduct research in vestibular physiology in both health and pathology.
Clinically, the Vestibular Lab sees patients of all ages with complaint of imbalance and/or dizziness. We provide comprehensive
balance and vestibular evaluations as well as vestibular rehabilitation and fall prevention. The primary goal of the research program is to understand the underlying physiology of the vestibular system in health and disease and relate this to improving diagnostic testing and treatment.
The Vestibular and Balance Laboratory consists of the following major equipment:
An additional evaluation room is located at
Boys Town National Research Hospital's Pacific Street Hospital and is equipped with an ENG/VNG system with a water caloric irrigator. Cervical and ocular VEMP testing is also available at the Pacific Street Hospital.
The laboratory is directed by Kristen Janky, Au.D., Ph.D., with Bethami Grossman, Au.D., Ashley Kaufman, Au.D., Megan Thomas, Au.D., Susan Stangl, Au.D., Rhonda Dick, Au.D., and Katie Soltys, Au.D. assisting with clinical vestibular services. Diane Givens, M.S., PT, NCS provides vestibular rehabilitation services.
Megan Thomas, Au.D., Diane Givens, M.S., PT, NCS, and Amanda Rodriguez, PhD, assist with research activities.
Improving pediatric vestibular assessment and rehabilitation Improving VEMP test performance in specific patient populations Collaboration with the
Vestibular Genetics Lab in understanding the molecular cause of BPPV to improve treatment methods