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Our Diagnostic Services


Our audiologists are trained in the diagnosis of dizziness and balance disorders that affect millions of people. Dizziness can occur suddenly or gradually over a period of time. Working with patients who complain of dizziness is both challenging and rewarding because there are many causes for dizziness and balance problems. Patients can describe their symptoms in a hundred different ways. Because dizziness can be caused by several systems of the body, often a full test battery is necessary for an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Our facility offers a number of these tests. Below are some brief descriptions and pre-test instructions for each of them.

A comprehensive battery of tests will be performed during our appointment allocated for you. Prior to each test an explanation will be given so that you will have a better understanding of what is being tested and why. We make every attempt to make your visit comfortable as well as educational. Once your evaluation is completed, each part is carefully evaluated and reviewed. This process is as important as your test, so please understand that your test results will not be discussed in detail at the time of your evaluation. Once the interpretation has been made, a detailed report will be forwarded to you and/or your referring physician. You should schedule a follow up appointment to obtain these and any other test results from your doctor.

Dizziness, vertigo and unsteadiness are symptoms associated with the human equilibrium system and cannot be physically examined. Your physician will request any and/or all of the following studies to assist in the proper diagnosis. Balance disorders are often accompanied by changes is hearing or the ears function. A thorough evaluation begins with computer testing of the outer, middle and inner ears. Additional sophisticated computer generated tests evaluate the inner ear fluids, nerve conduction pathways, the central nervous system, and the connections between the inner ear, eye movement and the brain.

The vestibular system and the auditory system are both part of the same organ-the fluid filled inner ear. The inner ear is connected to the air-filled middle ear by a plate, which vibrates in response to eardrum vibrations. The hearing transducers are in the cochlea of the inner ear and on the other side is the vestibular/balance system. The role of the vestibular system is to keep our eyes still in space when our head moves. The close interrelationship between the vestibular system and the ears and eyes is the reason why it is possible to retrain this system by influencing it through the auditory and visual senses, using light.

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