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Balance problem trigger: Look up or down

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For sample adults who had a balance or dizziness problem in the past 12 months (BALDIZYR) or who had identified a most bothersome balance or dizziness problem (BALSBOTHER), BALTRIGLOOK reports whether their balance problem is triggered when the person looks up or down.

The questionnaire text states that if the person is unable to do this activity for reasons other than dizziness or balance, the response is recorded as "No." Examples include persons who are in a wheelchair, are deaf, blind, don't have a driver'
s license, etc.

This variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


In 2016, the question associated with this variable changes slightly to include the actions of "leaning head back or bending forward" in addition to "looking up or down."


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem and do not almost always have unsteadiness.
  • 2016: Sample adults 18+ who had a dizziness or balance problem in the past 12 months or who identified a most bothersome dizziness or balance symptom or did not know or refused to identify their most bothersome dizziness or balance symptom.


  • 2008, 2016