Innovative equipment capable of diagnosing children with balance problems has been introduced at The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield, thanks to a £21,000 donation from Westfield Health.
The Rotational Vestibular Chair is a device that allows clinicians to accurately diagnose balance disorders in children, by rotating the child whilst measuring their eye movements. Children can experience dizziness for many reasons. One possibility is that the vestibular balance organs of the inner ear aren’t working properly. These organs provide the brain with information about changes in head movements - so if they’re not functioning properly, dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, spatial disorientation and other symptoms can occur. The vestibular chair helps to assess the function of the child’s balance system and establish the cause of the problem.