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The BalanceBelt:
How it works

The BalanceBelt is a patented haptic feedback wearable that helps patients suffering from severe balance disorders such as Bilateral Vestibular Loss (BVL).

By providing feedback on body position and balance, it allows the wearer to:

Regain their independence
Reduce fatigue and cognitive load
Resume an active and social lifestyle

Bilateral Vestibular Loss

The BalanceBelt is intended to help people with Bilateral Vestibular Loss or Hypofunction (BVL / BVH), whose balance organs function very poorly (BVH) or not at all (BVL).

People who suffer from this condition continuously feel unstable and out of balance. They have trouble walking without walking aids, especially on uneven surfaces and in the dark, because they no longer receive (sufficient) information from their balance organs.

Not only can BVL / BVH cause physical injuries due to an increased risk of falling, it also tends to inhibit people from performing regular physical exercise. This may lead to other problems, such as lower energy (fitness), weight problems, and heart and vascular issues.

Overall, the condition restricts people in their ability to move freely and independently, resulting in a lower quality of life.

The solution:
Vibrations as balance feedback

The BalanceBelt helps BVL / BVH patients by substituting the missing balance information with vibrations (haptic feedback). It works as follows:

  1. The lightweight belt contains an accelerometer that senses which direction the wearer is leaning toward.
  2. Advanced software algorithms calculate which vibrations are required to help the wearer maintain his or her balance.
  3. The vibrations are provided by one or several of the 8 tiny vibration motors included in the belt.
  4. There is no need to pay specific attention to the vibrations. The wearer’s proprioception (sense of self-movement and body position) interprets the feedback subconsciously. This allows the wearer to adjust his or her posture and regain balance.
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What's in the box?

Travel case
Quick guide
Instructions for use
Extra sleeve
Sleeve tool
USB-C cable

How do you know what size is the right for you?

Bekijk hier de instructies om je taille te meten om de juiste BalanceBelt maat te bestellen. Instructies gegeven door de uitvinder van de BalanceBelt Prof. Dr. Herman Kingma van het Maastricht UMC+.

Watch here the instructions to measure your body to order the right BalanceBelt for you. Instructions given by the inventor of the BalanceBelt Prof Dr Herman Kingma from the Maastricht UMC+.

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