Vestibular Testing at Wake Forest Baptist Audiology
addition to diagnostic testing for hearing loss, we offer
vestibular (balance) testing to help patients who suffer with dizziness,
vertigo, balance disturbances and problems related to the inner ear. We work
closely with Wake Forest Baptist ENT/head and neck surgeons who specialize in
treating disorders of the inner ears.
Diagnostic Vestibular Tests We Offer Include:
series of balance tests evaluates which of the three main systems involved in balance
(cues from your inner ears, your eyes or your body) you rely on the most. You
will stand on a platform without your shoes on for approximately 20 minutes
while your balance is challenged in various ways. You will wear a harness for
is comprised of a series of vestibular tests designed to examine whether there are any
problems with your inner ear(s). The balance tests record how your eyes react to
messages that your inner ears send to your brain. You will be asked to follow a
light for some tests, and move into different positions, such as flat on your
back or turned on your side. You will also have warm and cool water placed in
your ear canals to evaluate the response from your inner ear. You will wear
goggles that will record how your eyes are moving throughout these balance tests.
also be scheduled for a hearing test before or after your vestibular testing.
Patients with vestibular problems are often referred to physical therapy for
our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about vestibular testing at
Wake Forest Baptist.