While the primary function of the ears is to help us hear, they also play a significant role in helping us maintain our balance. Balance is maintained by the vestibular system found in the inner ear. A balance test may be recommended if you have begun to notice yourself feeling unsteady while walking or standing, dizzy, or off-balance.
Balance Testing Procedure
There are several balance testing options available, but the most common is videonystagmography (VNG). During this test, your eye movements will be measured to assess the central motor functions and the inner ear. The VNG can help determine if there are any underlying disorders of the inner ear causing your balance difficulties.
- For the first part of the test, the provider will instruct you to sit in a dark room wearing special glasses that record eye movements. You will begin to see dots moving in front of you, and you will be asked to follow their path with your eyes.
- Next, the provider will move your head or portions of your body to observe the reaction this creates.
- During the final step, the provider will place water or air inside each air. This is done to elicit specific responses and provides another way to determine the cause of balance disorders.