What can a balance test tell you?
Balance tests help you determine what’s causing vertigo or dizziness and can even sometimes help determine what’s causing tinnitus. Balance issues often stem from issues in your inner ear and can be diagnosed through a series of tests.
Common balance tests
Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by many things, from a common cold to an ear infection, to more serious health conditions. To help determine what’s causing your balance issues, we may administer the following tests.
Getting a hearing test will rule out common issues such as impacted earwax, ear infections and fluid behind the ear.
Electronystagmography is a balance test using electrodes to measure changes in eye movements as you change positions. This procedure takes about an hour and will help us determine whether your balance problems are related to repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements.
Standing on a platform, you’ll be challenged to maintain balance in a variety of situations. Based on your results, we’ll be able to isolate where your balance issue is stemming from.
Rotary chair test
This balance test uses electrodes and cameras to measure your eye movements and reactions to being moved back and forth in a swivel chair.
How Should I Prepare for a Balance Test?
Come with a list of any medications you are taking. Some medications are known to cause dizziness, and others may interfere with the results of the test.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks 24 hours before your test.
- Do not use makeup or lotions the day of your test.
- Bring your hearing aids and glasses if you have them.