Vertigo / Balance and Dizziness Disorders
Vertigo is usually a symptom of a pathology in the central or peripheral vestibular system which is in the inner ear.
The assessment and management of patients with vertigo requires a team approach which includes:
The assessment of the Vestibular system is a complex diagnostic process.
Patients are referred by their ENT specialist. Many patients make an enquiry on their own. Patients usually complain of dizziness, lightheadedness, a faint feeling, or spinning.
The case history, is usually where the Audiologist will start with the assessment. A very detailed history is taken to accumulate as much information as possible to develop an idea of a possible diagnosis.
An Audiogram (hearing test) is then conducted to determine the hearing status in each ear. The presence of hearing loss is noted. The symmetry of the hearing loss is an important tool in the diagnosis of vestibular disorders.
A detailed evaluation of balance is conducted on patients using a software driven assessment.
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