The Benefits of Adding Functional Vestibular Assessments to Your Clinic

10 mins
09 February 2022


In this video Dr. Michelle Petrak Ph.D. discusses the benefits of performing functional assessments of the vestibular ocular reflex, such as computerized dynamic visual acuity. Functional assessments support clinicians in developing individualized rehabilitation programs where the baseline can be objectively set and progress can be objectively measured. Dr. Petrak also presents a multi canal BPPV case study and explores how 3D head modelling and the use of repositioning chairs can improve diagnostic accuracy.


Michelle Petrak
Michelle Petrak, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Audiology and Vestibular Research for Interacoustics. Her primary role is development and clinical validation of new technologies in the vestibular and balance areas. She is located in Chicago where she is a licensed private practice clinical audiologist at Northwest Speech and Hearing (NWSPH). Dr. Petrak received her doctorates in Electrophysiology (1992) and Biomolecular Electronics (1994) from Wayne State University and her Masters in Audiology in 1989. Her special areas of expertise include vestibular and balance assessments and management of the dizzy patient. Dr. Petrak is involved with new innovative product developments, clinical evaluations of new protocols, and publishing, teaching, and training on the management of patients with dizziness. She continues to lecture extensively nationally and internationally, and she has numerous articles published in the hearing industry journals. She also participates on the committees for several doctoral students as support for the research projects.

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