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Patients Scheduled For Vestibular Testing (ENG)
This is a test of balance function. As done at the University,
several separate parts may be performed. All are very simple and
not unpleasant. The balance systems of the ear and the brain are
evaluated by recording eye movements in response to changes in
head position, viewing moving objects, motion of the body, or
thermal stimuli (warm or cold) applied to the ear canal. Recording
electrodes, which are placed with tape on the face, are used to
measure these movements. Recordings are made in the light and
the dark with the eyes open. A more detailed explanation will
be given during each portion of the test.
- Please come at your scheduled time if you are an outpatient.
If you are an inpatient, you will be called from the station.
- Try to get a full night's sleep before the test.
- No alcohol for 48 hours before the test.
- Please try not to take any medications which are not necessary
to your long-term and immediate health. Note: any heart, blood
pressure, or blood thinning medications are obviously necessary
and should be taken as usual. Medications of particular
interest in this test that we would like you not to take for 48
hours prior to the test include:
- All minor tranquilizers such as Valium and Librium.
- All sleeping medications and sedatives such as Phenobarbital,
- Any medications you are taking to control your symptoms of
dizziness. This usually includes medications such as Ventrol and
may include Valium, Antivert, Bonine and other similar medications.
- Breakfast of toast and coffee only, or an equally light meal
at least four hours before the test.
- Please wear slacks for this test.