Diagnostic Balance Testing
With such a wide range of hearing and balance disorders, many of which have similar symptoms, it’s important for an audiologist to make an accurate diagnosis in order to come up with a successful treatment plan. Diagnostic testing plays an important role in determining the condition responsible for a patient’s suffering.
Types of Diagnostic Tests
There are a number of diagnostic tests available, ranging from X-rays and CT scans to more in-depth tests. Here are some of the most common:
- Acoustic Immittance Measures. These tests evaluate the eardrum and middle ear and are used to determine which part of the ear is affected by hearing loss.
- Audiometry. This hearing exam measures your ability to hear different sounds, pitches and frequencies. It can determine the nature and extent of your hearing loss and whether you will benefit from hearing aids or surgery.
- Videonystagmography. This test is used in the evaluation of patients with vertigo or dizziness/imbalance. The test looks to determine if the symptoms are stemming from a dysfunction of the balance system or inner ear.
These diagnostic tests are quick, painless, and can help us diagnose and evaluate a variety of hearing and balance disorders.