Short courses


Vestibular Rehabilitation (Advanced Audiology Masterclass)

  • 7-8 hours per day
  • 1, 2 or 3 days


This three-day masterclass will help you gain the skills needed to diagnoses and treat dizzy patients.

Day one provides an overview for clinicians who are new to the field or who would like a refresher.

Days two and three include specialist lectures and workshops on vestibular rehabilitation assessment and the management of patients with vestibular problems.

There will be contributions from audiological scientists, audiovestibular physicians and neurologists.

You can attend for one, two or three days.

The course is run by the UCL Ear Institute.

Who this course is for

The course is for:

  • audiologists
  • doctors
  • physiotherapists

You should have a reasonable knowledge of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation and want to build on this foundation to further develop your expertise.

Course content

Day 1 - Introductory day

You'll have lectures on:

  • general causes of dizziness
  • the patient interview (taking a history)
  • clinical and objective tests of balance
  • overview of vestibular rehabilitation (VR) and outcome measures
  • assessment and treatment of basic benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

There will also be workshops on:

  • clinical tests of balance (during the day)
  • objective assessments of balance function (evening)
  • basic positional tests - a refresher (evening)

Days 2 and 3

Over these two days you'll have lectures on:

  • assessment and treatment of complex BPPV
  • vestibular rehabilitation
  • a neurologist's view of the dizzy patient
  • medical management of patient's with complex vestibular dysfunction
  • anxiety management for patients with dizziness
  • motion sickness
  • visual vertigo and machine-based therapy 
  • optokinetic desensitisation
  • managing patients with hyperventilation syndrome and vestibular migraine

There will also be workshops on:

  • developing your VR skills
  • hyperventilation syndrome

There may also be additional workshops in the evenings.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is through lectures, presentations, discussions and workshops.

You'll be encouraged to undertake independent reading to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Although feedback will be provided during quizzes and workshops, there's no formal assessment.

You'll have access to online resources via Moodle (a virtual learning environment) for 12 months after the course.

    Certificates and accreditation

    You'll receive a certificate of attendance.

    CPD points from the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) are pending.

    A reflective practice document for the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) will also be available.

    Learning outcomes

    By the end of the course you should have knowledge of:

    • the main causes of dizziness and vertigo
    • medical management of vestibular disorders
    • management strategy for adult balance disorders
    • management of elderly patients who fall
    • the role of clinical psychologist and neurologist in the assessment and management of patients with complex balance problems
    • motion sickness
    • use of physiotherapy in managing the dizzy patient
    • visual vertigo and machine-based therapy
    • optokinetic desensitisation
    • management of patients with hyperventilation syndrome

    You should also be able to:

    • take an appropriate history of the dizzy patient, carry out clinical tests of balance and a vestibular rehabilitation assessment
    • carry out the assessment of patients with basic and complex BPPV
    • use history, clinical tests and VR assessment to chart a path through the complexities of differential diagnoses of dizzy patents and plan an appropriate course of vestibular rehabilitation

    Preparation and recommended reading

    You'll be provided with a pre-course reading list to help you get the most from the course.

      Cost and concessions

      You can attend for one, two or three days.

      The standard fees are:

      • £200 (for one day)
      • £360 (for two days)
      • £450 (for three days)

      Course team



      Dr Paul Bacon

      Johanna Beyts (Course Director)

      Debbie Cane

      Dr Bernard Cohen

      Prof John Golding

      Natasha Harrington-Benton

      Dr Diego Kaski

      Amanda Male

      Dr R. Palaniappian

      Paul Radomskij (Course Director)

      Dr David Scott

      Dr Florian Voght

      Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00