Balance Overview

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Need Help with Dizziness & Balance?

A balance disorder is a condition marked by the symptoms of feeling unsteady or dizzy. Even while standing, lying or sitting still, a person will feel as if they are moving, spinning or floating. The most common balance disorders are:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Labyrinthitis
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Vestibular & Balance Testing

Vestibular testing is used to determine whether symptoms of dizziness are being caused by the balance system of the inner ear. The most common ones include:

  • Electronystagmography (ENG). This series of tests measures eye movements via electrodes placed around the eyes.
  • Videonystagmography (VNG). This test uses an infrared video camera attached to a pair of goggles to measure eye movements.
  • Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT). vHIT is a clinical test of each semi-circular canal of the inner ear, to determine the status of your vestibular system. 
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP). VEMP testing is used to determine whether the saccule (an inner ear organ) and vestibular nerves are functioning properly.

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