Functional Correlates of Noise-Induced Damage to the Vestibular Periphery



Despite the accumulating evidence that noise exposure damages the vestibular periphery (for review, Stewart et al., 2020), it is often overlooked as a potential source of vestibular damage. Reduced vestibular function plays a significant role in elevated fall risk (Agrawal et al., 2012); however, diagnosis of vestibular disorders can be difficult. Symptoms are often nonspecific and can be attributed to disturbances of other senses, such as vision, hearing or proprioception (Agrawal et al. 2009). Simple measures of otolith organ dysfunction are of considerable value in detection and tracking of