Frequently Asked Questions
About the BalanceBelt
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).
- XS: 59 -70 cm
- S: 66.5 – 78 cm
- M: 75-88 cm
- L: 85.5 – 99 cm
- XL: 96.5 – 111 cm
- XXL: 105 – 117 cm
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.
Testing & purchasing the BalanceBelt
It is best to consult the Balance Specialist at your local hospital to determine whether the BalanceBelt may be beneficial to you.
Yes, if your Balance Specialist determines that you may benefit from using the belt it is possible to receive a demo version to try at home for 2 weeks. At the end of those 2 weeks, you can decide whether you wish to purchase a belt.
Please Contact Us to let us know your details so we can arrange a trial. You will receive a demo version to try at home for 2 weeks. At the end of those 2 weeks, you can decide whether you wish to purchase the belt.
Using the BalanceBelt
The BalanceBelt was designed to assist patients with balance disorders throughout their daily lives. The battery lasts about 16 hours and it is lightweight and unobtrusive enough to be worn all day long.
The BalanceBelt lasts for about 16 hours under normal usage.
The BalanceBelt can be fully charged in about 6 hours.
Please consult a physician before using the BalanceBelt while driving or cycling. Test the device before driving or cycling on public roads.