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How To Prepare For A Balance Test

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Balance issues can make you feel dizzy and knock you off of your feet. If you are experiencing symptoms of a balance disorder, your neurologist may recommend that you undergo vestibular balance testing. At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, our neurologist will provide you with quality comprehensive evaluations and care to help you stay steady on your feet. Continue reading to learn more about preparing for your upcoming balance test. 

What Are Balance Disorders?

Several body systems, including the muscles, joints, vestibular system, nerves, blood vessels, and heart, must work normally to maintain normal balance. When these systems are not functioning correctly, balance problems can take over. Some medical conditions can lead to balance issues, but most balance problems result from issues with the vestibular system. Some of the signs of a balance disorder may include: 

  • Vertigo.
  • Confusion.
  • Vision Changes.
  • Lightheadedness or Faintness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Falling or feeling like you may fall. 
  • Unsteadiness.

Preparing For A Balance Test

Vestibular balance tests are a group of neurological tests that check for balance disorders. These tests can help determine if you have issues with balance and, if so, identify what is causing the problem. You may require a balance test if you experience any of the signs mentioned above. There are several different balance tests, including the following:

  • Electronystagmography (ENG) and Videonystagmography (VNG).
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP).
  • Computerized Dynamic Posturography.

To prepare for the vestibular balance test, you should wear loose and comfortable clothing. Depending on the test, you should avoid caffeine on the day of the vestibular balance test because it can cause increased anxiety, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping. Avoid alcohol a few days before your appointment because it may lower your blood pressure and impair your body’s ability to react to visual or auditory stimuli during the test. 

If you are scheduled for a vestibular balance test, make sure you bring your glasses or contact lenses if you wear them. These tests can help determine the best course of action to relieve you of your dizziness and other balance-related symptoms. 

Contact Us

At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we have provided patients with comprehensive quality testing for vestibular balance disorders to help them overcome their ailments. To learn more about balance disorders or to schedule an appointment, be sure to contact our team today!