Neuro-Otology and Neurogenetics

The experts at Mount Sinai provide outstanding care to patients with dizziness and imbalance. Our team of neurologists works closely with otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, and researchers to diagnose and treat conditions manifesting with dizziness and imbalance. We have a special interest in the genetics of familial and congenital disorders involving the ear and the brain that affect eye movement, coordination, and balance. 

Symptoms that we diagnose and treat:

  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Gait/Walking Difficulties
  • Imbalance
  • Ataxia
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing Loss

Conditions with specific treatments:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Benign Recurrent Vertigo
  • Bilateral Vestibulopathy
  • Episodic Ataxia
  • Hemiplegic Migraine
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Mal de Debarquement (MdDS) and Motion Sickness
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Vestibular Migraine/Migraine-Associated Dizziness
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Vestibular Paroxysmia

Treatment programs
Treatment is individualized based on the diagnosis. Patients may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation developed with close collaboration between the clinicians and the physical therapists.

Balance Testing Laboratory  
The Balance Testing Laboratory, directed by Dr. Mingjia Dai since its inception in 1992, is renowned for rigorous diagnostic testing of vestibular function and innovative research to develop new treatment for vestibular disorders. Research efforts funded by NIH and NASA led to new approaches in managing severe motion sickness and Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS). The laboratory remains a hub for the study of vestibular dysfunction in various neurological disorders including migraine, cerebellar ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, familial dysautonomia, and cervical dystonia.