Revistas Fase Ing Id Materia 4033


Introduction: Dizziness is a symptom resulting from vestibular dysfunction in 85% of the cases. Objective: To interrelate the results of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) with the vestibular exam and the symptoms of tinnitus and hearing loss. Form of Study: Descriptive retrospective. Material and Method: 53 patients were evaluated (41 female and 12 male), between 20 and 86 years, during the period from February 2006 to March 2007. The patients, in conditions which made it impossible to perform the exam, were ruled out. The following procedures were performed: anamnesis, otological inspection, application of the DHI and vestibular exam through the vectoeletronystagmography. Results: a) Correlating the results of the vestibular exam with the DHI, it was observed that the functional aspects were the most altered in the peripheral and irritative vestibular deficiency syndromes, both being bilateral b) Dizziness was significant in all the aspects, and hearing loss and tinnitus significant in the functional and emotional aspects c) In the oldest age group the largest DHI alterations were observed. Conclusion: An inter-relation between the DHI results from the vestibular exam and the symptoms of tinnitus and hearing loss was observed.