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Do you get lost more often since your vestibular diagnosis?

Do you get Lost more often since your Vestibular Diagnosis?

Author: Cheryl Wylie, PT

In another blog made the connection between our vestibular system and feelings of depersonalization or derealization, but did you know that same area (the good old otolith organs in our inner ear) can also cause an altered sense of spatial memory?

Our vestibular system affects our Spatial Memory, which affects our ability to:

  • Navigate

  • Recall a Location

  • Plan a Route

Spatial memory is a form of memory responsible for the recording and recovery of information needed to plan a course to a location and to recall the location of an object. It is required for orientation in space and to navigate around a familiar city (like your own!).

Many of my patients have found that with VRT they don't need to rely on their GPS as often and overall have a better sense of direction. This is an unexpected bonus to vestibular therapy, am I right?!

About the Author 

Cheryl Wylie, is a vestibular physiotherapist and owner of Healing Vertigo. She is also the creator of our Vertigo Treatment App, and instructs vestibular courses to other healthcare professionals.
She offers virtual vestibular therapy for all Ontario Residents. If you're interested in working with Cheryl, connect below!