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Balance Evaluations

Your hearing and balance are intimately connected. When you find you are struggling with your balance, you can rely on our doctors of audiology here at Hearing & Balance Doctors to help you regain your equilibrium.

What Is A Balance Evaluation

A balance evaluation as performed by a doctor of audiology is a multiple step evaluation which will help identify the source, or sources, of a balance issue. Your hearing will be assessed as part of the balance evaluation, along with other inner ear tests to determine whether your balance problems are related to your hearing.

Signs That A Balance Evaluation Is Needed

If you are unsure if you even need a balance evaluation, you may want to consider the signs that indicate that you need to have your balance tested. Some of the key signs of a balance disorder are:

  • Vision blurring – When you experience random vision blurring without anything visibly causing the issue, you may have a balance disorder.
  • Dizziness – While many people experience dizziness on and off due to things like low blood sugar and being overheated, if you are regularly experiencing dizziness, you may have a balance problem.
  • Falling from standing position – Falling from an upright, standing position, especially without provocation, can be a clear sign that there is an issue with your balance, as most people with a healthy internal balance can prevent most falls.  
  • Faintness with position change – If you experience faintness when you change position, such as when you lie down or stand up, that can be due to a balance problem.
  • Falling sensation – When the inner ear is disoriented and is having balancing issues, you may experience the sense of falling, even if you are already sitting or lying down.
  • Frequently lightheaded – Much like dizziness, being lightheaded is a common issue people experience. However, if there is no clear trigger for the lightheadedness and you experience it on a regular basis, it can be a sign of balance issues.

While this is not a comprehensive list of potential symptoms of balance disorders, it does cover the most common ones you are likely to experience along with the less well-known signs. If you are experiencing one or more of these signs of a balance problem, then it’s time for you to come and see us at Hearing & Balance Doctors.

Have A Hearing & Balance Doctors Balance Evaluation

When you are ready to have your balance evaluated, you can count on our doctors of audiology to help you find answers. Once you have set up your appointment, you will need to fill out the balance patient information packet. This information helps our audiologists direct your evaluation and future treatment recommendations.

Once you arrive for your balance test, our audiologists will begin by discussing the balance issues you have noticed. As your concerns are important to our doctors of audiology, we recommend you are open with the balance problems you have been having and what concerns you have about your balance. During this time, our audiologists will also take a thorough case history of your hearing and balance before proceeding to the tests. These tests are:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluation – As your hearing and balance are often intertwined, it is essential that our doctors of audiology test your hearing. This hearing evaluation covers various tests which assess your ability to hear different frequencies, pitches, sound conduction, and speech comprehension. Not only can this test help assess potential balance issues but it can also help our audiologists see if you have any hearing problems as well.  
  • Posturography tests – The posturography tests will test your stability in different environments. These tests may assess how well you can balance when going up and down an incline, how well you can manage to step over obstacles and other walking tests.
  • Vestibular tests – With our vestibular tests, our audiologists will have you put on a pair of goggles. Using these goggles, our audiologists can track the motion of your eyes and use the information to diagnose inner ear issues which can affect your balance.

Before you come into have your balance evaluated, be sure to follow the pre-test directions such as:

  • Discontinuing various medications 48 hours before the test
  • Removing contacts and glasses
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing

For exact instructions, be sure to consult the balance patient packet. By doing this, you can ensure that nothing affects the results of your balance evaluations.

Balance Treatments At Hearing & Balance Doctors

Having your balance treated at Hearing & Balance Doctors will depend on what balance problems you have displayed signs of during the tests. Some of the treatments our audiologists will recommend are:

  • Repositioning maneuvers to assist with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  • Physical therapy to rehabilitate a compromised balance nerve.
  • Referrals to other specialists such as ENTs, neurologists, and family doctors.

If you are ready to take control of your balance issues and receive tailored help, contact us today. Our doctors of audiology are ready to help you any way they can in having the best balance and hearing possible.