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.

  • 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.


1. Over the age of 60
2. Have a hearing loss
3. Able to move and walk independently
4. Experience dizziness, vertigo or unsteadiness

Register your interest:

To register your interest for the study, please complete they survey via the link below:

Register your interest

For more information, you can contact 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]