Dizziness & Balance Center
Benjamin Gruber, MD, PhD, FACS, Co-Medical Director
Jeffrey Kramer, MD, FAHA, Co-Medical Director

To learn more about Mercy’s Comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center or to schedule an appointment call 312.567.2562. For a physician referral, call 312.567.BLNC (2562).

Dizziness & Balance Center

If you sometimes feel like life is spinning out of control, you’re not alone. Millions of people experience dizziness on a regular basis. Balance disorders are particularly common in seniors and can also affect people who have experienced head trauma and stroke, as well as people with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and central nervous system disorders.

Dizziness & Balance Center Balance disorders can cause lightheadedness, nausea, loss of balance, vertigo, and vision and hearing problems. Chronic dizziness can be disabling and life altering, and can last for months or years if left untreated.


Often, the vestibular system, or inner ear, is the source of dizziness, and vestibular rehabilitation can successfully treat patients who suffer from balance disorders. The Mercy Comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center offers sophisticated vestibular care in one convenient location. From diagnosis and testing to treatment and rehabilitation, the compassionate and expert staff at the Comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center will tend to your balance disorder and help you get your feet back on solid ground.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Many people suffering from balance disorders go long periods without a proper diagnosis or treatment, simply because they do not receive the specialized care their condition requires. Vestibular rehabilitation treats people with balance and dizziness disorders by utilizing non-invasive and specific therapies designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function and increase general activity levels.

The Mercy Comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center offers a full range of vestibular care, including diagnostic testing and personalized rehabilitation, treatment and follow-up, in one location. Our highly trained team of specialists has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders, and brings a uniquely personalized approach to each patient’s care.

Diagnosis and Treatment
At the Comprehensive Dizziness and Balance Center, all patients receive a complete and thorough assessment. Highly specialized, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment helps our doctors obtain accurate and precise diagnoses. Mercy is one of only 10 U.S. hospitals offering Balance Quest™ Computerized Dynamic Posturography, a sophisticated balance platform that employs the latest technology to help doctors determine which parts of your balance system are giving you trouble.

Once a disorder is diagnosed, Mercy’s experienced vestibular therapists develop a personalized treatment program. Centered on a regimen of exercises and activities, each treatment plan takes into account the unique needs of the patient and aims to minimize symptoms and improve independence and quality of life.

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