Vestibular Technologies, LLC.
Helping People since 1996
At Vestibular Technologies "helping people regain their balance" has become not just a mission but a passion.
Since 1996 we have been helping doctors recognize patients with balance problems. From the elderly at risk of falling to the athlete with a possible concussion, the CAPS™ systems can help identify a problem when, in many cases, other methods cannot.
Many neurological, vestibular, and postural problems never present any obvious symptoms to patients. If a patient has no complaints they are, much too often, not examined. Which brings about the basic premise of our philosophy - You can't help a balance patient if you don’t know who they are. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for those who have balance problems as well as those at risk of having balance problems.
Our CAPS™ line of specialized posturography products is perfect for those clinicians who want to not only screen, assess and diagnose balance disorder/falls-risk patients, but also provide effective rehabilitation for them, because the highly sensitive force platforms and proprietary software used by our CAPS™ systems provide much greater insight into a patient’s balance problems than ever before possible.
You can't help balance patients if you don't know who they are.
We started in 1996 as a medical products distributor, marketing products manufactured by others. In 2001, having realized that better products were needed, we decided to shift our focus to the research, development and manufacturing of our own innovative, patented products - products that would offer significant advances and that would not be available anywhere else in the world. In 2002 we obtained our Establishment Registration from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and began manufacturing our new series of FDA Listed products. And in 2003 we relocated our headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing services to Wyoming.
Our expertise spans a variety of fields-- not only engineering, medicine and business, but through our extensive network of consultants, and such other fields as regulatory and compliance issues, legal, sales and marketing, allowing us to provide assistance to our customers all over the world.
Our team members are willing and able to fulfill different roles and to successfully apply their knowledge and expertise to what are often new challenges, and are capable of working either independently or in collaboration with others.
We are especially proud of our R&D and manufacturing team, which is comprised of individuals with Ph.D. Degrees who are experts in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics field, as well as in all aspects of force measuring instrumentation (including sensor, electronics and software) design and manufacturing. Their knowhow is reflected in the superior quality, state of the art, “high tech” features and great value of our products and services. And during the years we have developed, through a lot of "trial and error", an extensive network of consultants whose expertise we can draw on when necessary.
Where we fit in the market for surgical and medical instruments
We are a very small company that has occupied a very small niche. We have been marketing our products to specialists like audiologists, otolaryngologists, neurologists and balance centers, because balance disorders have traditionally been considered a specialty field.
But the fact is that balance disorders are extremely common, affecting probably more than 2/3 of the elderly population and 1/2 of the general adult population. It is safe to say that in everybody's family one or more persons have suffered the consequences of a balance problem or a fall. The costs associated with falls and balance problems are enormous since, as according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the elderly that are injured as a consequence of a fall are either confined to a nursing home or dead within a year. And things will get even worse as the average age of our nation’s population continues to increase.
Although balance disorders and fall prevention are getting more and more attention, we still must contend with a major issue: the lack of familiarity and education of most medical personnel on the topics of balance disorders and fall prevention. Most physicians continue to believe that falls and poor balance are a natural consequence of aging, medications and diseases, and that little can be done to improve a person's balance and reduce their risk of falls. They are not trained in determining the cause of a balance deficit and are ill prepared to decide on an effective treatment. Most often, they refer their balance disorder patients to specialists. But this is not how it should be: almost anything going on in a person's body affects balance. In short, to reduce the risk of falls and improve balance every clinician should start thinking about how their patient's condition and therapy is affecting their balance now, and how it will affect it in the future.