Over 35% of adults over 40 in the U.S. suffer experience vestibular dysfunction during their lives, going on to later develop chronic vestibular disorders. These disorders develop when the inner ear and brain that process sensory information are damaged. Vestibular disorders can deeply impact the quality of daily life for afflicted individuals who experience extended and invisible symptoms including chronic dizziness and imbalance.

Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) provides educational and emotional support, connecting patients with medical professionals specializing in vestibular disorders. Founded in 1985, the 501(c) non-profit brings individuals with vestibular disorders, their allies and medical professionals who diagnose and treat vestibular disorders together.

In an effort to increase awareness about inner-ear and balancer disorders, VEDA is hosting Balance Awareness Week from Sept. 18-24. So far, the organization has raised over $29,000 through donations from personal pages and sponsorships. As a whole, VEDA is funded through membership fees and public donations. Visit their website for more information on how you can take action.

This week we’re sitting down with VEDA to learn more about their efforts to give a voice to their members. These interviews will be posted below as a part of our award-winning Community Voices series.