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Balance Assessment

Many people experience problems with their balance at some point in their lives. Dizziness, light-headedness and unsteady feet are common complaints, but it is important that you seek medical attention to diagnose any on-going symptoms. A balance assessment is often required if the patient has suspected disease of the vestibular system, rapid eye movement, symptoms of vertigo or general balance dysfunction. At Audiology Medical Services, a trained member of our audiology team will analyse your balance system to help determine the cause of these signs and how the inner ear is affecting your stability.

 

At our nationwide clinics, we use three methods to help diagnose balance; Balance Platform Sway Test, VNG and Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT).

 

A balance platform or sway test monitors equilibrium dysfunction, providing vital information about a patient’s stability, control and potential risk of falling. A simple analysis taking less than five minutes to complete, pressure recordings are documented while the patients stands in a series of four positions.


A vHIT test provides an independent assessment for each ear including; the lateral canals, the superior vestibular nerve, and both the anterior and posterior semi-circular canals. During the assessment, you will be fitted with light-weight goggles which are used to monitor eye movement and collect impulses.

 

VNG is a testing solution used to establish if a vestibular (inner ear) disease is the root cause of your balance problem and symptoms of dizziness. Your balance function assessment will include a number of steps where your ability to follow visual objects will be noted, along with your eye response to information from the vestibular system.

 

The results of your balance evaluation will give a clearer indication of what treatment and management plan is most suitable for your needs, or if a referral for further testing is required.