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Health Plus: New technology helps those with vertigo, dizzyness

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Feeling dizzy? Some people deal with balance issues every day.

KWWL's Lauren Moss spoke with Katie Niebuhr, a physical therapist, about the condition, and how new technology is helping provide a more clear diagnosis.

"It's dizziness that people describe as vertigo -- a spinning sensation when they change positions," Niebuhr said. "It comes and goes as they change those positions and what it is, it's actually crystals -- little otolis, or calcium carbonate crystals, that are within your ear."

Those crystals Niebuhr described can fall into the wrong place from no real cause at all, causing dizziness.

To help put the crystals back into place, physical therapists are using modern technologies to help aid balance issues

Eye spinning when moving is an indicator, because eyes are a window into what the vestibular system is doing.

"You put these goggles on, they are in complete darkness, and it's recording their eye movements and it magnifies them," Niebuhr said.

Therapists watch a patient's eye movements. If they shake, it helps provide therapists a clear diagnosis.

"You don't have to live with it," Niebuhr said. "There are things we can do to improve your quality of life."
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