Effects of Vision and Proprioception on Balance

As Audiology professionals, our primary knowledge base and practice arena concerns the workings of the ear. However, to maintain balance, the brain has to co-ordinate information from a myriad of systems in the body that on initial consideration are quite abstract in their role. The purpose of this micro skills course from NHS Health Education England is to explore two of these systems, vision and proprioception, to enable a more complete understanding of how balance is maintained.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
NHS Health Education England

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic structures and mechanisms that control eye movements;
  2. Describe the role of vision in the maintenance of balance and explain the different types of eye movements generated to facilitate this;
  3. Describe how the vestibular system stabilises the eyes when the head is moving;
  4. Identify where different types of proprioceptors are located in the body and the nature of the information they generate;
  5. Explain using a basic overview how the brain coordinates multiple sensory information to maintain balance

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.