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:
The inner ear, or vestibular system, controls balance and tells your body where you are in space. Both inner ears are connected to the brain and the eyes.
Bilateral Vestibular Loss (BVL) is a complete loss of vestibular function in both inner ears. Partial damage to both inner ears is called Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction (BVH).
People with BVL or BVH have difficulty maintaining balance, especially when walking in the dark or on uneven surfaces. This can lead to an increased risk of falling, visual blurring, dizziness, imbalance, and a degradation in overall physical condition.
The BalanceBelt is a slim, lightweight belt that helps patients suffering from Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction or Loss by providing haptic feedback on body position and balance. The haptic feedback is interpreted subconsciously, allowing the wearer to correct their posture and balance.
The BalanceBelt is a wearable that uses haptic feedback or small vibrations to stimulate the sense of touch. This activates the wearer’s proprioception, the sense that lets us perceive the location, movement and action of parts of the body.
The belt senses the direction the wearer is leaning toward and provides vibrational feedback to alert the wearer about their body position. The wearer interprets these vibrations subconsciously, corrects his or her posture and improves their balance this way.
Clinical trials have shown a significant improvement in the quality of life for people suffering from BVH and BVL. The belt may benefit patients suffering from other balance disorders, but additional clinical trials are necessary to investigate this. In the meantime, it is best to consult your Balance Specialist to determine whether the BalanceBelt may be beneficial for you.
The BalanceBelt weighs only 285 grams / 10 oz. (size M).
The BalanceBelt has undergone extensive patient testing, under the guidance of Prof. Dr Herman Kingma of Maastricht University. The latest study was reported in the Journal of Neurology: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00415-018-9133-z.