Dizziness and Imbalance Treatment at SHBC

If you have dizziness, especially dizziness with movement, you are not alone. Statistics from the US National Institute of Health report dizziness/vertigo to be among the most common reasons for a doctor visit; right up there with back pain and headaches!

There is much that can be done to remove or reduce dizziness symptoms. We provide videonystagmography (VNG) testing to evaluate patients’ balance difficulties.  Testing is painless and is scheduled for 2 hours. The first part of your testing is a complete hearing evaluation, specifically looking for certain markers that suggest a dizziness or balance issue. 

For the second part of the exam, we measure the balance system through your eyes. By recording eye movement and analyzing, it we can learn quite a lot about your balance system. The goal of this portion the test is to find out which part of your system is causing your symptoms and help determine how to eliminate or improve this problem. 

What Can You Gain From This Testing?

Many problems causing dizziness or imbalance are removable or improvable. An accurate assessment of the level of your balance/dizziness problem leads to less dizziness, decreased risk of falling and injuries, and maybe even better sports performance! 

At the end of the test, your Audiologist will review your test results with you, and will also send you and your primary care provider a full report in order to find a solution specifically tailored to your needs. 

How Our Balance System Works

The inner ear is the amazing system in our bodies that controls balance. Within this inner ear system, there is a small portion called the vestibule. The vestibule consists of gravity, linear, and angular-sensing organs. 

These gravity-sensing organs use crystals of calcium carbonate to determine which way is up and which way is down! When these crystals become dislodged and migrate, this causes dizziness and/or imbalance.  

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