There are a number of conditions for which determining the cause is a difficult challenge. For example, if a patient comes in complaining of ringing ears and/ or feeling dizzy, then it’s quite difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the symptoms. This is because symptoms that have to do with the brain cannot be easily diagnosed as doctors still have a limited understanding of what goes on in the brain and what happens to cause such symptoms. To remedy this, tests have evolved that try to get some answers by looking at how the different brain-related traits function and if they are out of balance. These tests are called hearing and balance tests and are used extensively today to try and isolate the reason behind certain head-related symptoms.
Hearing and balance testing employs a wide variety of tests that look for any anomalies in the hearing, visual and balance processes to evaluate patients with dizziness, loss of balance and equilibrium disorders such as vertigo. Hearing tests available include:
Balance tests include:
In addition to these tests, the doctor may also utilize other tests such as MRI, CAT/CT scans, among others.
When you come in, you will go through the following process:
There are little to no side effects to these tests are they are all non-invasive. You may feel fatigued after the tests though, owing to the vigor of some of the tests.
The outcomes of the tests will determine the way forward. As mentioned it’s often difficult to determine the cause of the dizziness or vertigo as it could be a problem with the eyes, ears or brain itself. However, through these tests, the doctor will have a better understanding of your situation and offer a way forward.
To find out more about our Hearing and Balance Testing service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.