Walking and balance is a complex activity which, for most of our life, we take for granted. Our brains use information from our eyes, sensors in our muscles and joints and signals from the balance organs in our ears to keep us up-right and steady. Balance problems can occur if these signals change, often causing dizziness and falls.
Balance disorders are a major health concern for older adults and can become a serious worry for those affected, resulting in a lack of confidence or limited activity and lifestyle for fear of having another fall.
Click Hearing provides a comprehensive balance assessment service (Consultant referrals only) using the latest tools and techniques to fully assess balance problems and find practical solutions to help restore confidence and an active lifestyle.
Ben Mann and Dawn Bramham both have a strong interest in balance disorders and will choose from an extensive range of balance assessments to help assist in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and vertigo. You will receive a summary report with the findings, suggestions towards a diagnosis, as well as the raw graphical data. On request, we can also supply you with video recordings of the eye movements during testing.
Tests that we use may include the following:-
- Audiometry (Tone or Speech) hearing test – Using tones of varying frequencies and volumes, this test provides us with an evaluation of your sense of hearing and is carried out in a sound proof booth for the most accurate measurements.
- Tympanometry test – This test is often carried out in conjunction with audiometry and is used to assess the function of the middle ear. We can also provide ipsi & contralateral reflexes and decay on request.
- Videonystagmography(VNG) – VNG testing is used to determine if a vestibular (inner ear) disease may be causing a balance or dizziness problem, and is one of the only tests available today that can decipher between a unilateral (one ear) and bilateral (both ears) vestibular loss.
- Calorific Test – This is an attempt to discover the degree to which the vestibular system is responsive and also how symmetric the responses are, between left and right ears.
- Video head Impulse Testing(VHIT) – VHIT evaluates how well the eyes and inner ears work together. A small set of glasses with a camera are used to monitor eye movements.
- Cervical Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (CVEMP) – CVEMP testing is used to evaluate whether certain vestibular organs and associated nerves are intact and functioning normally. Responses in this test are measured from different muscles in the neck and around the eyes.
- Kinetic Rotational Chair Testing – The purpose of rotational chair testing is to determine if the vestibular (inner ear) or the neurological system is the cause of a balance disorder.
- Contact us to find out more about balance disorders and our balance assessment services.