Otometrics provides hands on vestibular training for 200 audiologists in Mexico

Audiologists learn about the ICS Impulse and ICS Chartr VEMP and how to assess vestibular disorders

Three hundred audiologists from 13 countries gathered in Mexico City June 27 and 28 to participate in an educational conference hosted by The Vestibular Project® – an educational non-profit initiative, whose main objective is to provide continuing education, training and the latest scientific developments in neuro-otology. Otometrics was the main sponsor of the program, initiated by Dr. R. Ceballos from Santa Fe, Mexico.

"This has been the most focused and well organized event Otometrics and our distributor in Mexico, Dispositivos de Diagnóstico Medico, has participated in to date," says Erland Fuglsbjerg, International Sales Director at Otometrics. "Dispositivos de Diagnóstico Medico had a great looking booth – ideally situated right in the center of the exhibition area. Our name and logo was on badge holders, the registration area, the program, and we had the busiest and most dominating booth by far.  We also had a raffle for some great prizes, including an ICS Impulse sponsored by Otometrics. Best of all, we collected more than 250 names and email addresses from conference participants and made several sales during the weekend."

A packed conference with excellent speakers

The two-day event attracted audiologists from around the world who were interested in learning about vestibular disorders and how diagnostic tools, such as ICS Impulse® and ICS Chartr® can assist in providing faster and more precise vestibular assessments.

Speakers included leading experts within the field of neuro-otology, such as Michael Strupp, MD, Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology and Germany Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders at the University of Munich, and Nicolás Pérez, MD at the Clinic University of Navarra and chairman of the Spanish ENT Society.

The first day all the participants took part in exciting group sessions in the main hall. Dr. Strupp presented his results when testing patients at bedside using video head impulse (vHIT). Without the use of vHIT, he is only able to assess about 60% of his patients correctly. When using ICS Impulse he is able to assess close to 100% of his patients correctly. His lesson was clear: neuro-otomologists can assess vestibular patients faster and more precisely when using technology such as the ICS Impulse.

Other sessions included how to use the ICS Impulse and the ICS Chartr Vemp in daily clinical assessment of vestibular disorders.

Vestibular Testing

Leading experts within the field of neuro-otology, such as Dr. Michael Strupp, were available during the hands-on training workshop.

Practical training for 200 clinicians

The second day provided hands-on training using Otometrics devices. Otometrics ran 10 fully booked two-hour workshops in five different rooms with 20 people in each workshop. This means that 200 clinicians received hands-on training on Otometrics devices during the weekend.

“This is the kind of event that makes an impact on our customers, and we will continue to work with our partners on similar events if there is a plan for how it will contribute to increased business,” says Erland Fuglsbjerg. “And, I want to thank Ivan Rojas and Despositivos de Diagnóstico de Medico for all their hard work in preparing for this successful workshop.”

Did you know?

Human balance is controlled by the vestibular system – a complex integration of sensory input that is sent to your brain from the eyes, the inner ear (semicircular canals) and the body.
 It is estimated that up to 30% of the population is affected by dizziness and vertigo at some point throughout life, and the annual incidence increases with age.
A vestibular disorder can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms, such as dizziness, vertigo and headaches, are the same for other disorders.
Most patients spend time going from specialist to specialist with symptoms that affect three different systems:  the visual, the vestibular and the somatosensory. No one specialty addresses all three systems.
Hearing care professionals receive very little training in vestibular assessment clinical practices during their education.
Many of the established vestibular testing methods are difficult to perform and not suitable for all patients.