Vestibular contribution to the control of human upright stance
The purpose of this study is to better understand how orientation information from the inner ear vestibular motion sensors contributes to balance during stance and to determine the feasibility of a balance prosthesis that activates vestibular sensors using a low amplitude electrical current applied through electrodes placed on the skin behind the ears.
Healthy controls and subjects with confirmed bilateral vestibular loss.
Participants must be between 18-70 years of age. All subjects should be in generally good health without any history of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or joint disorders. Healthy controls should have no history of dizziness or balance problems. Vestibular loss subjects should have their loss confirmed by previous clinical testing.
18 - 70
Healthy Volunteers Needed
Duration of Participation
1-5 sessions - lasting about 2 1/2 hours per session
Robert Peterka, email@example.com
National Institutes of Health
Participants will receive $35 for each 2 1/2 hour session.