UQ researchers are conducting a study that will test if a device that gives feedback on body position can improve balance and stability. Three in five older adults aged over 60 have a hearing loss and the risk of falling for older adults is higher if they have a hearing loss.

The VertiGuard device is worn on a belt around the waist and records body sway during a series of balance exercises. It then provides vibration feedback to the wearer for retraining of balance depending on the degree of body sway.

Participants will attend assessment sessions to test hearing, walking, balance and vestibular function (inner ear). People who have hearing loss and symptoms of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance will be invited to a training program with the VertiGuard device.

People who have hearing loss and no symptoms of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance will only be required to attend one assessment session.

Participant benefits:

  • All participants will receive a comprehensive assessment of their hearing, walking, balance and vestibular systems.
  • Parking will be provided for all sessions you are required to attend at St Lucia.
  • Participants involved in the six month study will receive a $20 Coles Myer gift card at the end of the 10 day training program.
  • Participants that return for their six month assessment will also have the option of keeping the Garmin watch that they have used during the study.

Eligibility:

1. Over the age of 60
2. Have a hearing loss
3. Able to move and walk independently

Register your interest:

Please leave your contact details with Katrina Kemp on 07 3365 4564 or email k.kemp@uq.edu.au

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2019000194]