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AudiologyNOW! 2013: Review of Old and New Clinical Tests of Peripheral Vestibular Function (.15 CEUs)

Recorded On: 04/06/2013

Review of Old and New Clinical Tests of Peripheral Vestibular Function

Duration: 1.5 hours

Presenter: Devin McCaslin, PhD

CEUs: .15

Who Should Attend: Audiologists interested in using tests of balance function to localize vestibular impairments

Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion, each participant in the Web seminar will be able to:
1. Describe the role of the head impulse test in the balance function assessment
2. Explain contemporary practices in cervical and ocular VEMP testing
3. Describe the patterns that exist between tests of peripheral vestibular function


New tests of peripheral vestibular function have emerged over the last few years and the role of the routine balance function assessment has been significantly expanded. This eAudiology Web seminar will review the anatomical and physiological basis of each of the tests of otolith (i.e., VEMP) and canal (i.e., head impulse and caloric) function and the evidence underlying them. Additionally, the interpretation of each of the tests of will be discussed and how the status of the peripheral vestibular system can be described based on the various patterns of abnormality.

Devin McCaslin, PhD currently serves as associate professor at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville. He received a Master's degree in Audiology from Wayne State University and a PhD in Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. Following the completion of this Ph.D. McCaslin took a position as a clinical audiologist at the Dayton Veteran's Administration Hospital for two years and then joined the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. McCaslin joined the faculty at the Bill Wilkerson Center in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2004. Here he is the associate director of adult audiology and co-director of vestibular sciences. McCaslin maintains a clinical practice and is an instructor in the both the Doctor of Audiology and Ph.D. programs. Dr. McCaslin's major academic, clinical and research interests relate to clinical electrophysiology, tinnitus and vestibular assessment. He also serves on the American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors and is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.


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