Diagnosing & Treating Dizziness
To determine the cause of your dizziness you first need a complete medical examination ordered by your physician. Vision, blood pressure, heart rhythm and gait are typically assessed during your evaluation. Your thorough assessment includes an audiometric (diagnostic hearing) evaluation that provides valuable information to the audiologist and physician about the functioning of your auditory system. At times, a referral for treatment is made to other medical professionals.
Balance disorders are some of the most common complaints heard by physicians today. Balance problems can be caused by the normal process of aging, but can also be triggered by inner ear disorders, orthopedic conditions and injuries. At Fairbanks Hearing & Balance Center, we diagnose the causes of these problems and, together with collaboration of your physician and associated vestibular physical therapists, we help you find relief from them. In the short term, a treatment plan can be designed to help you reduce the risks of falls and live more confidently with greater balance. For the long term, we can seek solutions that may alleviate or eliminate the cause of your balance issues.
Some Other Tests That Might Be Recommended or Ordered May Include:
- Computed Tomographic (CT) Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Laboratory Tests (Such as blood work or allergy testing)
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR): Electrodes are placed on the forehead and in the ear canals. A clicking sound is then delivered to each ear. Electrical activity in the hearing nerve and brain stem is measured. This test essentially determines how well sound travels from your hearing nerve to the brainstem, and a comparison is made between the ears.
- Electronystagmography (ENG): This test measures and records your eye movements as you perform a series of visual tasks and as you move into different body positions. During the final portion of the test, small amounts of both cold and warm water will be put in your ears. The test assists in pinpointing the source of the problem.
- Electrocochleography (ECoG): Electrodes are placed on the forehead and in the ears. A clicking sound is delivered to each ear and changes in the electrical activity of the inner ear are measured and recorded.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
- Physical Maneuvers and exercises
- Cervical Collar
- Surgical Management
- Balance Strengthening