Vestibular and Balance Lab (V&B lab)
See also: http://balancelab.wix.com/balancelab
Overview. At the V&B Lab, a number of projects are on-going to investigate various assessments for vestibular and balance systems, with special interest in portability and accessibility for diverse populations. Current and previous projects include: Spatial cognitive functions in deaf/Deaf older adults with and without vestibular impairment; Characteristics of vestibular complaints in deaf adults; Use of virtual reality goggles to replicate six conditions of Sensory Organization Test (AuD research project); Effects of insertion depth of irrigator tip on the magnitude of caloric responses (AuD student project); Effects of caffeine abstinence on oculomotor function tests on videonystagmography (AuD student project); Effects of gaze direction on amplitude of oVEMP (AuD student project); Use of gyroscope to quantify sway magnitude on mCTSIB (AuD student project); Virtual Reality Assessment of Visual Dependence (PhD student project).
Facilities. V&B Lab shares its facilities with the Gallaudet University's Clinic, Dizziness and Balance Center, for basic clinical equipment such as videonystagmography, electronystagmography, video head-impulse test, auditory evoked potentials (ABR, VEMP, ECochG), and Balance Master. In addition, we have space and equipment dedicated for research, including the data analysis room adjacent to a large shared research meeting area, and a test room with an Oculus Rift virtual reality system.
People. The laboratory is directed by Chizuko Tamaki, AuD, PhD. Collaborators include Kristen Maul, PhD; Ashley Z. King, AuD, Ph.D candidate, Sarah Sparks and Emalee Danner, AuD students; and Eugenio Ravelo, PhD student in Linguistics.