Instrumented Romberg Test of Postural Stability in Patients with Vestibular Disorders using Inertial Measurement Units

Yu Chieh Lin, Chia Tai Chan, Kuan Chung Ting, Kai Chun Liu, Chia Yeh Hsieh

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Abstract

Impaired balance control is a common symptom of vestibular deficiencies. The Romberg test is one of the most commonly used balance tests in clinics. It allows clinicians to assess the subject's reaction posture control while standing. However, a positive Romberg test still relies on manual observation by the physician. It leads to technical issues in subjective evaluation during the test. The study aimed to propose an instrumented Romberg test using inertial measurement units (IMUs) to extract kinematic variables for objective assessment. Eighteen patients and thirteen healthy people participated in this study. They performed the Romberg test with their eyes closed, wearing IMU s at their head and pelvis. Six types of parameters are extracted from IMU s, such as maximum, average, and root mean square, Attenuation coefficients, sway velocity, and displacement. The results show that the patient group performed a larger sway in the lateral direction of head or pelvis level, where the maximum and RMS values have significant differences (p < 0.05) and large effect (Cohen's d > 0.8). The proposed approach can distinguish patients with vestibular dysfunction from healthy people and support objective clinical assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2021 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1258-1261
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789881476890
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2021 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 14 Dec 202117 Dec 2021

Publication series

Name2021 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2021 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period14/12/2117/12/21

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