EQUIFit© and EQUIMedi© are now available – EQUIVert© products approved as medical devices
GED Gesellschaft für Elektronik und Design mbH has received the CE approvals as medical devices for the EQUIVert© dizziness therapy devices. In December the sale of EQUIFit© and EQUIMedi© starts, they can be easily purchased via the webshop on www.equivert.de.
EQUIFit© – Your personal dizziness trainer for at home
EQUIFit© is the new, innovative training device for the home. Patients with dizziness symptoms can now comfortably alleviate their symptom of dizziness in short daily exercises and with easy to understand exercise units – without medication and non-invasively. In addition to the practical gesture control, a special feature of the EQUIFit© headset is that the movement measurement takes place in the direct vicinity of the inner ear, where the organ of balance is also located. This allows the vertigo trainer to accurately assess individual balance and ideally guide the patient. Through the headphones, the patient receives instructions for exercises with different difficulty levels: standing with eyes open (1st) and closed (2nd) and walking on the spot with eyes open (3rd) and closed (4th). It is important that EQUIFit© offers the possibility to train exercises with closed eyes. The missing sensory impressions can thus not be compensated via the eyes (optical compensation), but the brain is trained to compensate for disturbances itself. The exercises are each 30 seconds long and the daily training is short and efficient with about 2 x 5 minutes.
Novel dizziness therapy with biofeedback: for more quality of life
Another novelty and revolution on the market of balance products is acoustic biofeedback: the headphones with integrated electronics provide acoustic feedback during each exercise. With this method, EQUIFit© records unconscious movements of the body and displays them with the help of sounds. This allows the patient to react to these unconscious processes: If the patient leans too far in one direction, a sound is heard from that direction as feedback. It only disappears when the patient resumes the balance position. To avoid a fall, EQUIFit© emits a warning sound if the tilt in one direction is too strong. This allows the patient to enjoy a safe workout. If the patient completes an exercise successfully, EQUIFit© guides him to the next exercise and later to a higher training level. In this way, the balance system is individually adapted, continuously trained and improved.
Brilliant cutting-edge technology for research and medicine
Uso Walter, MD, has tested EQUIFit© in his practice. Patients were very satisfied because they could see significant improvements after just a few exercises: their balance improved and dizziness reduced. Dr. med. Walter is a practicing doctor for ear, nose and throat medicine in Duisburg and chairman of the specialist network HNOnet NRW. EQUIFit© can help with many types of vertigo, especially forms of vestibular vertigo. Another breakthrough thanks to EQUIFit©: gait unsteadiness can also be improved, thereby reducing the risk of falls. Through regular training, the patient becomes fitter on his feet as balance, concentration and coordination improve, and as a result the risk of falling decreases.
EQUIMedi© – Efficient dizziness diagnostics for the medical practice
The EQUIMedi© measuring device supports physicians in diagnosing vertigo and determining a form of therapy. It measures the tendency and intensity of vertigo and the accompanying EQUISoft© software displays the results graphically on a computer. In addition, EQUIMedi© can also be used to determine the success of the therapy. For each measurement, the patient performs the same four exercises as with EQUIFit©: standing with eyes open and closed, and walking on the spot with eyes open and closed. The measurement takes place quickly. This offers groundbreaking advantages over currently used diagnostic systems such as posturography: EQUIMedi©, with its unique biofeedback system, enables much more accurate measurement of patients’ vertigo symptoms, making diagnosis easier for the physician. In addition, the devices are much more affordable in comparison.
The EQUIVert© Company
EQUIVert© emerged from a research project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS together with the University of Duisburg-Essen and the HNOnet NRW eG. The system integration was carried out by GED Gesellschaft für Elektronik und Design mbH, which is certified according to the medical standard ISO 13485. The products are marketed via the EQUIVert© brand. The close and creative cooperation and the intensive research finally resulted in the new unique dizziness therapy with the products EQUIFit© and EQUIMedi©.
Further information at: www.equivert.de