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About Us

Alberta Balance Centre is a uniquely specialized private clinic focused on the assessment and management of a wide range of balance and dizziness related disorders. In addition to our advanced diagnostic testing, we are also certified providers of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) with additional training and certification in the assessment and management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion patients.

Aaron Byrnes, M.Sc., R.Aud

Clinical Audiologist
Alberta Balance Centre Founder

Aaron Byrnes - Alberta Balance Centre

About Aaron

Aaron has been practicing as a clinical audiologist since earning his master’s degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and has gone on to complete additional post-graduate training and certification in advanced vestibular assessment and management through the American Institute of Balance – the global gold-standard for vestibular and equilibrium research, education, and patient care.

He is a certified provider of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) with additional training and certification in the assessment and management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion patients.  

The Need

“Over several years of practicing in hearing clinics I saw countless patients who reported some form of dizziness or vertigo as one of their primary concerns, but there was nothing I could do to help them in those settings. While I had a keen interest in the vestibular aspect of audiology, the clinics in which I was working simply weren’t equipped to properly assess and manage complex dizzy patients, so I would typically refer them to the AHS neurovestibular unit at South Health Campus in Calgary.

Unfortunately, due to the very high prevalence of dizziness and balance-related disorders, and the lack of specialized facilities that are equipped with the necessary technology and clinical expertise to manage them, patients are often faced with wait times in excess of 18 months.

In the meantime, they are stuck with extremely distressing symptoms that may be having a tremendously negative impact on their quality of life. Drs often, very prudently, order important tests such as CT and MRI scans and conduct bloodwork to rule out any potentially life-threatening problems, however, once such problems are ruled out people are often left with few answers as to what is actually causing their symptoms, and most importantly, what can be done about them.

Eventually, I grew tired of seeing people unnecessarily suffer while I had the knowledge, skills, and ability to open a clinic that could help these people get the answers they deserve in a far more timely manner.

I undertook more vestibular related post-graduate coursework and training and traveled to Florida to learn from the world-leading experts at the American Institute of Balance to ensure I was developing the most up-to-date, evidence-based, clinically-validated protocols possible, and invested in a suite of the most advanced neurovestibular diagnostic equipment in the world. 

After years of seeing the need, I am thrilled to finally be making these crucial services more accessible to all those who have been suffering without answers from a wide range of balance and dizziness-related disorders.