Dizziness and Balance Diagnostic Test
Many different conditions can cause dizziness or sensations of being off-balance. This can affect your daily life and cause significant discomfort.
Schedule a diagnostic test with us today and let our experienced audiologists assess your condition.
Dizziness and imbalance and the ear
Aside from allowing us to hear, our ears also play an important role in helping us keep our balance.
The signals sent to the brain from our ears prevent us from falling as we move and change positions.
Causes of dizziness and imbalance
Some causes of dizziness and imbalance include:
1. Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV is caused by calcium carbonate stones that move freely within the canals of the inner ear. These stones cause patients to feel dizzy when they move their head in certain directions.
This occurs when the labyrinth, a structure in the inner ear, is inflamed. The inflammation can be a result of viral or bacterial infections.
3. Meniere’s disease
This condition affects the inner ear and can cause dizziness, tinnitus, a buildup of pressure within the ears and hearing loss.
4. Vestibular neuritis
This condition occurs when the nerve connecting the inner ear and brain becomes inflamed. This causes disruptions to the communication of information between the ear and brain.
Symptoms of dizziness and imbalance
The following are some symptoms of dizziness and imbalance:
- Spinning sensation
- Fall or feel like falling
- Floating sensation
Dizziness and balance assessments
1. Balance disorder questionnaire
This may be done before carrying out other tests.
2. Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (oVEMP or cVEMP)
The Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP) test allows otolith organs in our ears to be tested.
The ocular VEMP (oVEMP) response is elicited from ocular muscles while cervical VEMP (cVEMP) is elicited from sternocleidomastoid muscle.
3. Videonystagmography (VNG)
Videonystagmography (VNG) is a common test used to determine the function of the inner ear balance system.
It measures the movement of the eyes based on a set of stimuli including
- changes to the body’s position and
- placement of warm and cool air in the ear canal.
4. Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
The Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT) identifies disorders associated with the vestibulo-ocular reflex. This assessment can test the 6 semicircular canals.
Why choose Hearing Partners?
Our diagnostic testing labs are state-of-the-art facilities with technologically advanced testing equipment to accurately diagnose your condition.
Detailed and thorough testing
Our professional and experienced audiologists will conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation of your dizziness and imbalance symptoms.
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When should I visit a clinic for my dizziness?
If you are experiencing unexplained prolonged or recurring dizziness or feelings of imbalance, you should visit a clinic for a diagnosis.
What do I do to prepare for the diagnostic test?
You may be required to avoid certain medications or change your diet 1 to 2 days prior to the test.
On the day of the assessment, you are advised to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You are also recommended to ask a family member to accompany you for the test.
Consult your audiologist for more information or specific instructions to follow when preparing for the test.
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