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Our balance system helps us remain upright as we run, walk, and move through the world. Balance is controlled through signals to your brain from your sensory systems, eyes, and inner ears. If any of these systems stop working perfectly, you can encounter unexplained dizziness or balance issues.
If you find yourself becoming dizzy or having trouble balancing, it could mean a number of things, all of which require medical attention. Your doctor can help determine whether your balance issues might have something to do with an inner ear problem.
At Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance, our audiologists will get to the bottom of the issue. We accomplish this through the use of several diagnostic tests.
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Diagnostic Audiometric Evaluation
The accurate testing of hearing is a complex process. An audiometric evaluation not only gives us information about the quality of your hearing, but it also tells us significant information about the health of your hearing system. Your balance mechanisms are a part of this.
This test evaluates how well your eyes and inner ears work together. The patient is given video goggles to record eye movements as the chair moves in various directions and speeds.
Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP)
This is a test to determine whether there’s any damage to the saccule, a part of the inner ear, as well as the auditory/vestibular nerve. Recordings are taken from the muscles in your neck and/or eyes as you lie prone listening to sounds through earphones.
Video / Electronystagmography (VNG/ENG)
This is actually a series of tests to determine the symmetry of your balance. They all measure the relationship between your eyes and inner ear function. Warm/cool air will be placed in your ear canal while recording your eye movements.
Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT)
This test measures your balance when rapid head movements are occurring. Goggles are worn to measure your eye movements.
This test checks the fluid pressure in your inner ear, helping to rule out any conditions such as Meniere’s disease.
Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
This measures the travel of hearing signals from your ear to your brain, as well as within the brain itself. Some patients can have benign growths occurring on the eighth cranial nerve, and this test will find any that are present.
We know that your hearing status affects your emotional, social and physical health. Studies indicate that hearing loss may also have a negative impact on falling. At Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance, we work with our sister Company Diversified Hearing Services, to provide you with the best, most economical solution to your hearing problem. We dispense every major manufacturer, make, and model of hearing aids.
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Audiologists are licensed hearing health care professionals who identify, assess and manage disorders of hearing, balance and other neural systems. Audiologists possess comprehensive knowledge of the auditory and vestibular systems and have extensive training in sound reproduction, something which is critical to the accurate fitting and adjustment of hearing aids.
If you’re having any difficulties with your hearing and/or balance, we encourage you to seek treatment. Please call Greater Buffalo Centers for Dizziness & Balance to schedule an appointment.