Cynthia McCormick Richburg, associate professor of audiology in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Services, has published an article in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.
The article is a case report describing the use of an electrotactile vestibular substitution system (ETVSS) to facilitate balance and gait of an individual with bilateral vestibular hypofunction and bilateral transtibial amputation. The sixty-nine-year-old patient had a history of bilateral vestibular hypofunction and bilateral prosthetic legs after bilateral transtibial amputation. An intervention program of sensory substitution using the ETVSS improved outcome measures beyond those previously achieved with vestibular rehabilitation therapy and balance training. The feedback provided by the ETVSS may have facilitated the patient’s ability to use proprioception, thus allowing better balance control.
Robinson, B.S., Cook, J.L, McCormick Richburg, C.& Price, S.E. (2009, Sept.). Use of an electrotactile vestibular substitution system to facilitate balance and gait of an individual with gentamicin-induced bilateral vestibular hypofunction and bilateral transtibial amputation. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (33), 150-159.
View the abstract for this article.