A Prosthesis for Balance Disorders Vestibular device implant surgery at UW Medical Center
Dr. Jay Rubinstein (left) and Dr. Jennifer Hsia implant a novel vestibular prosthesis in a patient at the University of Washington Medical Center. This is the first time a prosthesis for balance disorders has ever been implanted in a human. In the United States, more than 150,000 individuals are estimated to suffer from severe to profound bilateral vestibular deficiency, and a prosthesis like this potentially could benefit many of them, as well as patients with episodic disabling vestibular dysfunction such as Ménière’s disease. NIDCD funding helped support development of the device and preclinical animal testing for its use in the treatment of balance disorders.
Credit: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health