Dizziness is a frequent, debilitating symptom in
older adults and is associated with a high risk of falls.
Ear, nose, and throat doctors and physiotherapists assess
inner ear function with clinical tests in which patients
step on the spot or walk forward and backward
with their eyes closed. The question is whether these
tests distinguish truly dizzy patients from healthy,
nondisabled individuals. The study revealed that
many nondisabled participants had abnormal test results.
In addition, the nondisabled participants’ performances
were unstable from trial to trial. These results
may help clinicians better understand the limitations
of these clinical tests.
Volume 51 Number 6, 2014
Pages 1013 — 1022
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