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DIZZINESS AND BALANCE TEST

AN EVALUATION OF THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM

VESTIBULAR EVALUATION

a test for balance disorders and dizziness

Do you or a loved one ever experience dizziness, vertigo or imbalance?   The answer might be a problem in the inner ear structures responsible for balance.   A videonystagmography test (VNG) looks at the inner ear balance structures.   The VNG helps determine the source of the problem and recommended treatment.

Prior to starting the VNG test, the audiologist will take an extensive case history.  Otoscopy (looking in the ears) and immittance testing (assessment of middle ear status).   In addition, a diagnostic audiologic evaluation (hearing test) is conducted to help determine total inner ear function.

THE VNG TEST

During the VNG test, you will be wearing goggles.  The goggles contain cameras that record a video of your eye movement, called nystagmus.  The VNG test is comprised of:

Ocular Motor Testing: You will follow a visual target through a series of tasks.  Your eye movement will be tracked.  This tests provides insight into the central or neurological balance system.  a moving light, moving in different positions, and putting air into each of your ears.

Positional Testing: The Audiologist will position you through dynamic (Dix-Hallpike) and static positions.  The positions are similar to performing a sit up or laying down in bed.  Modifications can be made for patients with limited neck mobility or experience neck, back or abdominal pain.   Positional testing identifies Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) as well as peripheral (vestibular system) or central disorders.

Caloric Testing: During the final portion, the audiologist uses different air temperatures to stimulate your acoustic nerve (VIII nerve) and lateral semicircular canal.  This test compares each inner ear vestibular system for function and balance.

 

VESTIBULAR EVALUATION

a test for balance disorders and dizziness

Do you or a loved one ever experience dizziness, vertigo or imbalance?   The answer might be a problem in the inner ear structures responsible for balance.   A videonystagmography test (VNG) looks at the inner ear balance structures. The VNG helps determine the source of the problem and recommended treatment.

Prior to starting the VNG test, the audiologist will take an extensive case history.  Otoscopy (looking in the ears) and immittance testing (assessment of middle ear status). In addition, a diagnostic audiologic evaluation (hearing test) is conducted to help determine total inner ear function.

THE VNG TEST

During the VNG test, you will be wearing goggles.  The goggles contain cameras that record a video of your eye movement, called nystagmus.  The VNG test is comprised of:

Ocular Motor Testing: You will follow a visual target through a series of tasks.  Your eye movement will be tracked.  This tests provides insight into the central or neurological balance system.  a moving light, moving in different positions, and putting air into each of your ears.

Positional Testing: The Audiologist will position you through dynamic (Dix-Hallpike) and static positions.  The positions are similar to performing a sit up or laying down in bed.  Modifications can be made for patients with limited neck mobility or experience neck, back or abdominal pain.   Positional testing identifies Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) as well as peripheral (vestibular system) or central disorders.

Caloric Testing: During the final portion, the audiologist uses different air temperatures to stimulate your acoustic nerve (VIII nerve) and lateral semicircular canal.  This test compares each inner ear vestibular system for function and balance.

 

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AVENTURA

Aventura Audiologist

21097 NE 27th Court
Suite 410
Aventura, FL 33180

CORAL GABLES

Coral Gables Audiologist

747 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Suite 305
Coral Gables, FL 33134

NORTH MIAMI

North Miami Audiologist

 1801 NE 123rd St.
Suite 315
North Miami, FL 33181

DOWNTOWN

Downtown Audiologist

1444 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 214
Miami, FL 33132

BRICKELL / CORAL WAY

Coral Way Audiologist

1330 SW 22nd St.
Suite 403
Miami, FL 33145

HALLANDALE

Hallandale Audiologist

2100 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Suite 405
Hallandale, FL 33009