A review of functional tests for balance assessment in hearing-impaired people

Article Type:
Review Article (دارای رتبه معتبر)
Background and aim

It is assumed that hearing loss is associated with the labyrinth dysfunction and may interfere with postural control. Therefore, the present study aimed to collect functional tests for balance assessment in the hearing impaired people.

Materials and Methods

This is a systematic review, in which, a comprehensive review was performed on functional tests for balance assessment in hearing impaired people. Databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials, Google Scholar, and Scopus were searched. The search period lasted from the beginning of 2021 to April 2021.


15 articles were selected in which 21 different tests had been used to assess the balance of the hearing impaired. After careful examination of the tests used to assess the balance of the hearing impaired, it was found that the studies used 9 tests to assess static balance, 8 tests to assess dynamic balance and 4 multidisciplinary tests to assess balance in the hearing impaired.


The functional tests that have been used to evaluate the balance in people with hearing impairment are the tests that have been used for other groups as well, and there are no functional tests that specifically evaluate the balance of these people. It seems that in order to determine which functional tests provides an accurate and correct evaluation of the balance of the hearing impaired, it is necessary to conduct studies to evaluate the validity of functional tests using advanced and accurate balance assessment tools.

Journal for Research in Sport Rehabilitation, Volume:10 Issue: 20, 2023
51 to 62
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