Balance Assessment & Fall Prevention

Helping to Find the Cause of Your Dizziness or Imbalance

Dizziness is one of the three most common complaints in the medical setting. However, half of all patients reporting dizziness to their primary care doctor are never diagnosed. The first step to address imbalance or dizziness is to find the cause so proper treatment can follow.

Videonystagmography examines the function of the inner ear, or the vestibular system, through observation of eye movements associated with balance. Vestibular disorders are responsible for more than 50 percent of dizziness complaints.

Audiologists identify the source of balance problems and this leads to a diagnosis by a physician. Once diagnosed, patients may be referred to a specially trained physical therapist who provides balance and vestibular rehabilitation.

Balance-related tests

We offer the following tests as part of the balance assessment:

  • Gans sensory organization performance test
    Provides an overall assessment of balance ability.
  • Ocularmotor tests
    Examines how accurately eye movements coordinate with movement in the world around you.
  • Positional and positioning tests
    Determines if your dizziness is elicited by changes in position or caused by dislodged crystals in the inner ear, known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
  • Tests of symmetry, including caloric testing
    Determines if one ear is functionally weaker than the other.