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:
Dizziness and balance assessments
1. Balance disorder questionnaire
A balance disorder questionnaire helps the audiologist to assess your condition based on subjective feedback of your symptoms.
This may be done before carrying out other tests.
2. Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (oVEMP or cVEMP)
The ocular VEMP (oVEMP) test measures the muscles below the eyes while the cervical VEMP (cVEMP) test measures the neck muscles.
3. Videonystagmography (VNG)
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.
The test will take approximately 90 minutes and will not cause any pain.
4. Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
Why choose Hearing Partners?
Detailed and thorough testing
“Lee Lee is very patient in answering all the queries that my grandpa has and explaining in simple terms so he could understand how to use the hearing aid.”
“I would like to commend Si Hui for going the extra mile for my family and daughter. Top notch customer service with a smile. She is clearly passionate about her job.”
“Audiologist Ms. Soh has been very professional in her analysis and in dispensing advice. She is customer-centric, focused on the needs of her customers and patiently listening to concerns.”
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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