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The BalanceBelt
for patients

Are you suffering from severe or complete Bilateral Vestibular Loss? Would you like to take back control of your life?

The BalanceBelt is a slim, lightweight belt that can help you regain your balance: It does this by providing haptic feedback (vibrations) on your body position and balance.

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How the BalanceBelt works

The BalanceBelt contains several tiny vibration motors, advanced software algorithms and an accelerometer. It senses what direction you are leaning toward and uses gentle vibrations to tell you about your body position.

The proprioception of your body (your sense of self-movement and body position) interprets the feedback subconsciously. This allows you to adjust your posture and regain your balance.

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The BalanceBelt can help you:

Regain your confidence and independence

Reduce fatigue and recover your mental and physical energy

Resume an active and social lifestyle

Remove the stigma around using a walker, or looking intoxicated when walking

Get back to work

Reduce the need for physical therapy and medication

What BalanceBelt users are saying

I live an active life again, thanks to the BalanceBelt: I go for 1-2 mile walks most days, without a walker and with a steady gait.

Mr. Van TijenPatient

Because of the BalanceBelt, I’ve regained my independence to a large extent: I am much less reliant on others.

Mrs. ZeegersPatient

Supported by scientic research

Clinical trials have shown that the BalanceBelt can lead to a significant improvement in the quality of life for people suffering from severe Bilateral Vestibular Loss:

23 out of the 31 patients way experienced a clear benefit from wearing the BalanceBelt while standing, walking and driving a car.
The average mobility and balance score (MBS) increased significantly from 4.2 to 7.9.
5 patients started using their bikes again.

Kingma, H., Felipe, L., Gerards, MC. et al. Vibrotactile feedback improves balance and mobility in patients with severe bilateral vestibular loss. Journal of  Neurology 266, 19–26 (2019).

Maastricht UMC

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If you'd like to find out whether the BalanceBelt would be suitable for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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FAQ

What is Bilateral Vestibular Loss or Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction?

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.

How does the BalanceBelt work?

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.

Will the BalanceBelt work for me?

The BalanceBelt is intended for people who suffer from balance disorders like Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction (BVH) or Loss (BVL), in which the balance organs in both inner ears function very poorly or not at all.

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.

What are the available sizes?

  • 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

Where can I get more information about the BalanceBelt?

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