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BALANCE AWARENESS WEEK – 18th – 24th  September – While most people may not be familiar with the word “vestibular”—a system in your inner ear that sends signals to your brain to tell you where you are in space—many of us have likely experienced the awkward, sometimes even scary feeling, when we momentarily lose our balance.

Whether it comes on gradually over time or all of the sudden, bouts of dizziness, vertigo, and nausea can make many of life’s routine tasks virtually intolerable. Everyday life – from getting around your house to grocery shopping—becomes a progressively challenging obstacle course to navigate.

That’s why VeDA pioneered Balance Awareness Week (BAW) in 1997—to shine a light on invisible balance disorders. When everyone is more aware, we can better understand the vestibular patient experience and be empathetic to those who need our support—family, friends, co-workers, and neighbours. While many balance disorders are incurable, a faster and more accurate diagnosis, along with effective coping strategies, can greatly improve the quality of life for those who suffer from these invisible chronic illnesses.

Join VeDA this September 18-24, 2022 for Balance Awareness Week, and together we can support people struggling with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance on their journey toward a life rebalanced.

This year’s theme is ‘raising awareness’. Spreading awareness is important so that friends, family, employers, co-workers, and healthcare professionals can better understand vestibular disorders. Meniers hope is that an increase in awareness will help reduce misunderstandings and improve support systems for those with a vestibular disorder.

The aim of the week is to broaden our understanding of vestibular (inner ear) disorders and how they affect people’s day-to-day lives. We’re often told by those affected that their family, friends and colleagues don’t understand what they are going through due to the hidden nature of this disability. Many people haven’t even heard of these conditions and we want to change that.

The Ménière’s Society is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated solely to supporting people affected by dizziness and balance problems caused by vestibular disorders.

They are there to help people with inner ear (vestibular) disorders. They provide essential support and information to enable people to cope positively and get the right diagnosis. They are a voice for sufferers within the medical community and raise awareness for greater public understanding. They work towards a brighter future through investment in vital medical research.

Source: Vestibular Meniers Back Pain Blog UK

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