What is a Balance Disorder?
Dizziness, imbalance, spinning and vertigo
are upsets in some of the sensory inputs
coordinated by the brain.
Do I need a test for balance,
dizzy or vertigo disorder?
Dizziness is one of the most common health
problems experienced by adults.
Among the symptoms experienced are:
• a spinning or moving sensation in the head (vertigo)
• a loss of balance
• visual symptoms
• neck symptoms
• ear symptoms
If you have any of these symptoms please consult your GP for a referral.
Who can perform
Attune is a fully accredited provider of tests designed to detect a whole
range of dizziness and balance disorders. Our university educated post
graduate audiologists are highly trained, we use the most advanced
diagnostic equipment available and have hosted International Balance
Experts to provide our staff with exceptional skill and training.
What is a Balance Test?
Your sense of physical balance or equilibrium, relies on a series of signals
that pass from the ear, along the cranial nerve (or vestibular nerve), to
the brain. Changes in body position disturb fluid in the ear and balance
system, and send messages via the vestibular nerve to the brainstem
and the balance centres of the brain. This series of cues enables your
muscles and eyes to respond almost instantly to changes in position.
If you have a problem affecting any part of this system it can lead to
dizziness, vertigo and other balance disorders. The following tests may
be performed to evaluate balance disorders and determine the origin
of the problem.
How is a balance test conducted?
Goggles are placed on the eyes or electrodes are placed on either side of the eye
to provide exact measurements of eye movements at rest, after a change in head
position and in response to various stimuli. Analysis of the pattern of eye movements
during this test can help distinguish between abnormalities in the vestibular system,
brainstem and brain.
Electrodes are placed around the head with small headphones placed in the ears
to detect sound. This test can be performed while sleeping.
If your balance test results suggest the presence of a growth, Attune Audiologists
will report to your doctor immediately.Your GP may recommend an imaging test
of the head and neck, such as an MRI or a CT scan, to determine the precise type
and location of the lesion.