Approximately 20-30% of people in the United States report one or more episodes of vestibular dysfunction (balance issues) at some point in their lives. At Hearing Consultants, we offer state of the art test equipment to help determine the cause and also find a solution for your dizziness, vertigo or sensation of imbalance. Hearing Consultants is one of very few locations in the state to offer Rotary Chair testing and this coupled with Videonystagmography (VNG), VHit, VEMP, and other elctrophysiological tests can help us determine more accurately how to treat or refer you to the correct specialist based on the reason for your imbalance.
If you or a loved one has ever experienced the following, a balance test would help our doctors of audiology determine the cause of your imbalance so that the proper treatment or referral can be made.
1. One or more vertigo attacks lasting seconds to hours
2. Hearing loss in one or more ears accompanied by dizzy or vertigo spell
3. Dizziness or vertigo for 6 weeks or greater following acute vertigo spell
4. Feeling of imbalance, dizziness or vertigo for several months
Common Vestibular Vocabulary and Disorders
Vertigo - a sensation of whirling and loss of balance
Dizziness - altered sense of balance and place. Lightheaded, faint, or spinning
Imbalance - lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things
Equilibrium - a state of physical balance
Vestibular System - a portion of the inner ear responsible for our sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose of coordinating movement with balance
Meniere’s Disease - disease of the inner ear causing fluctuating hearing loss and episodic vertigo.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo - BPPV is a condition causing spinning vertigo following head movement typically while rolling over in bed. This is caused by “crystals” moving into one or more of your semicircular canals and can typically be easily resolved with a simple maneuver in our office.
Vestibular Migraine - often mistaken for Meniere’s Disease, vestibular migraine presents with short lived motion sensitivity or episodic vertigo. It is not always present with traditional migraine headache, which leads to confusion over its cause.
Labyrinthitis - the most severe form of vertigo is viral labrynthitis. Often triggered by the common cold virus which has moved to the inner ear, this disorder damages the balance nerve leading to severe spinning vertigo. Not unlike other viral attacks it can take days or weeks for symptoms to improve.