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Testing and Understanding Balance Disorders

When you suffer from a balance disorder, all of your daily activities are impacted. Through the Balance and Vestibular Center at Honor Health, you'll have access to a team of balance and vestibular specialists including audiologists and physical therapists. These experts use the latest equipment to perform evaluations and provide treatments to address your specific issue.

Available testing and treatments include:

  • Electronystagmography/Videonystagmography (ENG/VNG): Among the most common tests for vertigo, dizziness and or imbalance, ENG/VNG incorporates eye movement tests to look for signs of vestibular or inner-ear dysfunction, or neurological problems.
  • Evaluation, diagnosis and management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Testing can determine if your eyes "jump" when your head is placed in a particular position. If BPPV is found, treatment is available by repositioning your head and body in a series of specialized movements. Your BPPV typically can be treated in one to three visits.
  • Computerized dynamic posturography: This computerized technology simulates movement of the floor and or the walls, analyzes your center of gravity and tests your physical responses.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining therapy: After a thorough evaluation, the Balance and Vestibular Center can provide a customized therapy program to decrease your dizziness and increase balance. The program includes home exercises targeting inner ear deficits, sensory systems or physical responses to loss of balance.
  • Comprehensive audiological assessment: These tests determine how well you hear and respond to different intensity levels, how well your ear drum and other inner ear components are functioning, and more.
  • Auditory evoked potentials: Going beyond traditional vestibular assessment, these tests provide information about how well the portion of your inner ear responsible for gravity sensation functions, particularly in up and down movements. Auditory brainstem response evaluates nerve responses in the inner ear, auditory nerve and brainstem. Electrocochleography measures electrical responses of the inner ear.

Testing for the cause of a balance disorder is the first step to regaining your comfort with daily activities.