Current Projects

Objective and Functional Vestibular Outcomes in Sports-Related Concussion

Through a large and ongoing athletic data repository, we are addressing the specific types and severity of vestibular deficits that exist in youth and college athletes post-concussion. It is our goal through this work that we can develop normative vestibular data for athlete populations, evaluate the utility of certain vestibular assessments, better characterize acute and chronic deficits to that of cognition and sports performance, and identify potential mechanisms.

Development of a Visual-Vestibular Mobile Application for Concussion

In collaboration with UNL Computer Science and Engineering Department and experts in Neuropsychology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, we have an ongoing development of the Husker Concussion Mobile Application. It is our goal that this mobile application can better reach areas with limited concussion providers and provide quicker assess to concussion strategies.

Effect of Substance Misuse on Hearing and Vestibular Function

This ongoing work is intended to study the implications of chronic substance misuse on the ear and how patient health and use factors increase risks of cochleo/vestibulo-toxicity. In conjunction with the UNL Cochlear Implant Research Lab, we received a grant to study the feasibility of performing an audiological and vestibular test battery in this population.

Predictive Factors of Subjective Fatigue in Adults with Vestibular Pathology

This work is intended to better characterize subjective fatigue in adults with vestibular hypofunction and begin to connect fatigue to potential predictors of poor sleep, cognition, and aerobic capacity. It is our hope that we can then develop strategies in these domains to improve the perception of fatigue and quality of life in these patients.

Facilities and Technology

The CAVE Lab is located in the Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior (2nd Floor, C76F & C76E) and uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate, diagnose, and investigate the vestibular and balance system both physiologically and functionally.

Formal Ocular Motility Testing

Formal Ocular Motility Testing
Ocular Motility is a battery of subtests that involves the use of videonystagmography to record eye movements and musculature that are important for the central vestibular neural pathways.

Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) Testing Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) Testing
The VEMP test is a muscle response test where sound or vibration stimulates the otolith vestibular organs and muscle responses are then measured to infer vestibular nerve integrity.
Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT) Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
The vHIT is a tool that measures the integrity of the semicircular canals in the inner ear and vestibular-ocular-reflex pathway as the head is moved quickly back and forth.
Functional Balance and Visual Acuity Performance Testing Functional Balance and Visual Acuity Performance Testing
Computerized Dynamic Posturography and various visual acuity tests are assessments that provide information about how well a person is able to function with vestibular loss or other sensory integration issues.