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Dizziness and vertigo forum attracts big numbers

March 4, 2015

Dr David Szmulewicz and Tamar Black

The Head of the Eye and Ear’s Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service, Dr David Szmulewicz, presented last week at a forum on dizziness and vertigo at the City of Glen Eira with over 120 people attending.

The free community forum Dizziness and vertigo: understanding symptoms, the latest research and treatment options was held in partnership with the Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc. and the Australian Temporal Bone Bank.

Dr David Szmulewicz, who is also a Co-Director of the Temporal Bone Bank, spoke about symptoms of dizziness and vertigo and the latest treatment and research options. 

Based at the Eye and Ear, the Australian Temporal Bone Bank is a joint collaboration between the Eye and Ear and the University of Melbourne. It conducts medical research on the temporal bone (which houses the inner ear – the body’s hearing and balance systems) to help understand the causes of hearing and balance disorders.

Tamar Black, a former Eye and Ear patient and one of the first in Australia to register as a temporal bone donor, gave a personal presentation at the forum.

As founder and president of the Temporal Bone Donor Society Inc, Tamar describes herself as extremely lucky to have become a patient of the Eye and Ear. After suffering a severe case of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in 2012 that caused debilitating dizziness, Tamar made a full recovery as a result of receiving the correct treatment at the Balance Disorders and Ataxia Service.

“Many people continue to suffer with very debilitating and frustrating balance or hearing disorders because they do not know what outstanding, specialist medical treatment is available at the Eye and Ear, Tamar said.

"These disorders frequently impact on quality of life and mental health, and effect the patients’ families and significant others.

The Temporal Bone Donor Society hopes to increase knowledge of when to seek medical assistance for these disorders, reduce barriers to seeking treatment, and increase rates of temporal bone donation.

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