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Dizziness & Balance Disorders: Ask the Expert
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Julie Honaker PhD, CCC-A

  • Director, Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratories
  • Head & Neck Institute

Dizziness is defined as feelings of unsteadiness, wooziness, and lightheadedness; and sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting, or whirling (sensations known as vertigo). These sensations occur even when standing still or lying down. More than 4 out of 10 people experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor. Dizziness changes your sense of balance and can increase your risk of falling.

Dizziness is generally not serious. However, it may be the result from problems associated with the inner ear, brain, or heart. It can also be the result of medications.

If you have suffered dizziness that does not go away, please join Cleveland Clinic vestibular and balance specialist Julie Honaker, PhD, in a free online chat. She will answer your questions about dizziness and balance disorders.

About the Speaker
Julie Honaker, PhD, is the Director of the Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratories within the Head and Neck Institute. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln when she taught graduate courses on vestibular and balance disorder assessment and management. She received her master’s training and PhD in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati. She completed a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Honaker has a passion for the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of balance disorder patients and this is the focus of her clinical research endeavors.

About Vestibular and Balance Disorders
The Section of Vestibular and Balance Disorders provides laboratory diagnosis, medical neurotology and vestibular rehabilitation of patients with dizziness, disequilibrium and imbalance. An outpatient clinic manages self-referred patients and those referred from Otolaryngology, Neurology, Internal Medicine and other departments. Residents rotate through the Section of Vestibular and Balance Disorders to learn about test administration and interpretation.

The section has state-of-the-art, computer-based electronystagmography and rotational chair and posturography, with the world’s largest database of laboratory test results. As Northeast Ohio’s only comprehensive laboratory, the section offers regional referral laboratory services for physicians outside Cleveland Clinic.

To make an appointment with Julie Honaker, PhD, or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, please call 216.444.8500, toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 48500) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/headandneck for more information.

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