Testing for vertigo, dizziness or imbalance

If you are experiencing vertigo, dizziness or imbalance, your doctor may refer you to our center for vestibular testing. You will be contacted by our friendly office staff to schedule an appointment for any of the following tests.

VIDEONYSTAGMOGRAPHY (VNG)

VNG testing evaluates your inner ear balance system. Testing will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. There are 3 parts to the test. First, you will be asked to follow a series of lights horizontally and vertically. Second, the audiologist will guide you as you sit and lay in various positions. Finally, cold and warm air will be administered to your ears. You will be wearing goggles over your eyes throughout testing, as your eye movements will be recorded.    PLEASE NOTE:
DO NOT eat anything for a minimum of 3 hours prior to testing.
AVOID caffeine and tobacco products on the day of testing.
DO NOT wear makeup to the test.
Long hair should be pulled back.  

Certain medications may affect test result interpretation. We ask that you do not take any non-essential medications 48 hours prior to testing. If you have any questions regarding medication, please feel free to contact our office at (931) 548-7008 or your referring physician. You may experience slight dizziness during testing. Please arrange for someone to drive you home.

CANALITH REPOSITIONING MANEUVER (CRP)

This repositioning maneuver may be ordered by your referring physician and/or may be warranted due to test results. It is a treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This is a common type of vertigo that results when degeneration of salt-like “crystals” (otoconia) in the inner ear break free and float into or attaches to the semicircular canals. These semicircular canals are responsible for the sense of balance or motion. The purpose of this repositioning is to attempt to move the crystals back to their original position in the inner ear. 

Symptoms associated with BPPV include: attacks of vertigo with rapid, pitched head motion. Such as lying down, rolling over in bed, or simply looking upward.

ELECTROCOCHLEOGRAPHY (ECOCHG)

ECochG testing is most often used to determine if there is an excessive amount of fluid pressure in the inner ear. This excessive fluid pressure may cause hearing loss, a sense of fullness in the ear, dizziness, and/or ringing/buzzing in the ears.   

This testing may take 30-60 minutes to complete. You are not required to respond for this test. You will be asked to lie on the testing table and remain relaxed. It is important that you lie still with your eyes closed throughout testing.  Any tension or muscle movement can interfere with testing.  An electrode will be placed on your forehead and insert earphones will be placed in each ear. You will be listening to fast paced clicking throughout the duration of testing.This procedure is not influenced by medication. Unless this test is done in conjunction with VNG testing, feel free to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Test results will be sent to your referring physician and he/she will review the findings.

Contact us with any questions or to set up your appointment.