Assessments are bulk billed with a referral from your GP or medical specialist. Please allow 2 hours for this appointment.
The most common causes of vertigo (a false sensation of movement) are due to a problem with the inner ear. At Ears in Balance, we are able to assess the different parts of the inner ear using comprehensive balance tests that are based on the latest research in the field.
What does that mean? Your balance system is made up of your eyes, ears and muscles. We test your ears by stimulating reflexes between your ears and eyes, as well as your ears and muscles.
One of the most important balance reflexes is called the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). This is where information for the ears is sent to the eyes to keep your vision stable when you move your head. If this reflex isn’t working, you may experience blurry vision with head movement, or your vision may bounce when you walk. For the best results, we ask that you do not wear makeup.
Video Head Impulse test
A quick, objective measure of horizontal, anterior and posterior semicircular canal function.
A test that measures a type of involuntary eye movement called nystagmus.
Your ears also talk to your muscles to help maintain posture and balance. For these tests we use recording pads that may be placed on your forehead, chest, neck and under your eyes. For the best results, we ask that you do not wear makeup.
Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs)
An effective way to assess saccule and utricle function. They use sound or vibration pulses to activate the otolith organs.
We also perform a comprehensive hearing assessment as part of the appointment as well as Auditory Brainstem Response testing to investigate the auditory nerve pathway.
Positional testing to assess for Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is also part of our standard appointment. Eye movements are recorded to characterise nystagmus allowing us to diagnose which semicircular canal is affected and if the otoconia are in the canal or cupula. For more information on BPPV head to our resources for professionals.
Electrocochleography is a test of the electrical activity generated by the cochlea and eighth nerve. This test will be performed if Ménière’s disease is suspected.