Vestibular Balance and Tinnitus Assessments
Vestibular Balance Assessment
A Videonystagmography (VNG) test is designed to help determine the source of your dizziness, unsteadiness, or vertigo (spinning). This test is designed to evaluate the function of the inner ear by examining eye movements. During the test, you will wear goggles that record your eye motions. These eye movements are later analyzed by the audiologist and physician to assist in the evaluation and treatment of your dizziness or imbalance.
The test lasts approximately 90 minutes. There are three parts of the test during which you will wear the eye-tracking goggles: (1) you will watch lights and/or an objects on a screen, (2) you will move in different positions to see if this elicits a reaction, and (3) air will be placed into your ears to assess the function of your inner ear. You may feel dizzy at different times during the test, but the dizziness usually subsides by the time you leave your appointment. At the end of the appointment, you will schedule a follow-up visit to review the results and recommendations with one of our physicians.
Forty-eight (48) hours prior to testing, you may have to discontinue some of your medications. Instructions for discontinuing medication and additional instructions to follow 48-hours prior to testing can be found here: Instructions for VNG Test.
If you have significant tinnitus (ringing in your ears), then you may complete a tinnitus assessment. As part of the assessment, you will be asked questions regarding the tinnitus such as how often you hear the tinnitus, if the tinnitus pulses like a heartbeat, what does the tinnitus sound like, and in which ear you hear the tinnitus. You will also complete a comprehensive audiological evaluation to determine if you have a hearing loss which may cause or exacerbate your tinnitus. A consultation with one of the practice physicians is also recommended as some tinnitus may be alleviated with medical intervention. Furthermore, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the impact your tinnitus has on your daily life.