Christiana Care
Rehabilitation Services

Vestibular Services

Balance problems and dizziness are often caused by problems in the vestibular system, or inner ear. Specialized vestibular testing by an audiologist can help determine what is causing you to lose your balance, and allow our trained therapists to customize a treatment plan to help.

Dynamic platform posturography

This test provides information about which parts of the balance system you rely on most. You stand in bare feet on a special platform and balance under various conditions, wearing a special harness for safety.

Electrocochleography (ECOG)

This test measures electrical potentials in your inner ear. ECOG checks for the presence of excess fluid in your inner ear. Results help guide your treatment.

Electronystagmography (ENG)

This test records and analyzes your eye movements to identify inner-ear or central nervous system disorders.

Rotary chair testing

This test measures your eye movement to diagnose or rule out inner ear or the central nervous system problems. During this test, you sit in a computer-controlled chair that rotates and oscillates at various speeds. Slow speeds move in a full circle, and faster speeds move back and forth in a small arc. The testing room is dark, but a video camera and a microphone mounted at the top of the chair allows constant contact between you and your audiologist.

Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP)

VEMP uses electrodes to measure small changes in your neck muscle contractions to check if your saccule, the inferior vestibular nerve, and central connections are intact and working normally.