Tests of Ocular Motility: Smooth Pursuit. Saccades. Reflexive Optokinetic tracking. Gaze stability.
tests to check if any of several positions can trigger vertigo.
tests to check to see if gentle rotations trigger normal vestibular-ocular responses.
Video Head Impulse Tests: This is the most recent test to be added to the test protocol. The vHIT assesses the vestibular-ocular reflex’s ability to maintain stable vision with a quick 10° head movements. This test is capable of assessing all six semi-circular canals using a mid-frequency test stimulus that is indicative of every day vestibular function. This protocol is also used to assess cerebellar/vestibular interaction (VVOR and VORS).
Caloric testing applies a gentle warm or cool stimulus to the ear canals using water or air. This test tests the right and left vestibular system (lateral semi-circular canals) to determine if there is reduced function on either side. The caloric stimulus is a very low frequency stimulus (not by itself indicative of everyday balance function), but it is still considered to be an important procedure for testing each vestibular system separately.
Tests and Treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
(BPPV): BPPV is a very common form of vertigo and is the most treatable. We have been treating this condition for 25 years. Treatment that utilizes binocular recording of vestibular-ocular reflexes increases the effectiveness of these treatments and reduces unwanted complications.
Please contact our southtown’s office, The Audiology Center
(716-712-2000), to schedule vestibular evaluation or treatment.