Two trending questions from one of the Virtual Vestibular Health Summit's Q&A Sessions is:

  1. When using virtual reality as a tool for rehab, is there a difference in what piece of equipment you use?
  2. When using head mounted display, is there a difference between males and females?

What our speakers are saying...

What were other concerns about apps and virtual reality?
  • safety - due to the patient not being able to see their feet when wearing head-mounted devices (HMD)
  • studies have shown that optokinetic stimulation on a smaller screen (e.g., phone, i-pad, etc.) does not have the same outcomes as watching on a larger desktop or television screen
  • general apps lack customization, which is important when addressing motion sensitivity
  • virtual reality wasn't designed for rehab purposes - but gaming purposes...we need to develop software that takes into consideration the use of HMDs with patients that have sensory reweighting issues
Can virtual reality play a role in vestibular rehab?
  • Unanimously, our speakers said, "yes!"
  • Virtual reality can increase motivation and engagement.
  • Virtual reality has the potential to increase exercise options as part of their home program (but always think safety first!)
  • Our speakers also emphasized that virtual reality/apps are just a tool -- not to replace skilled therapy.
  • And, you must try the programs yourself before prescribing to a patient.

To access this full Q&A Session, click here.