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Balance and Dizziness Testing

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Polyclinic Family and Specialty Medicine Facility will be offering comprehensive inner ear testing (ABR, ECochG and VEMP) in addition to the balance testing and treatment (VNG) that we currently offer.These tests are the gold standard technique used in evaluation of dizziness, and are now fully available for patients experiencing vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, unsteadiness and/or history of falls.Patients complaining of dizziness and similar symptoms can be caused by: cardiovascular conditions, headaches, migraines, other neurologic disorders, impaired vision and eye diseases, abnormal proprioception caused by diabetes, orthopedic impairment or advanced age, and also patients with inner ear dysfunction. Inner Ear testing and VNG testing can provide useful information on inner ear function and dysfunction.

Reminder List:

  • Must bring a VALID HEALTH CARD and ALL MEDICATIONS currently taking.
  • If Health Card is not valid or expired, uninsured visit charge(s) will apply.
  • Must bring a translator if the patient cannot speak English
  • Patients who wish to RESCHEDULE or CANCEL their appointment must do so at least 48 business hours in advance to avoid a NO-SHOW fee of $113.
TEL (416)-222-6160 ext 268, 269, 277, or 278
FAX (416)-645-1978

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Videonystromagraphy (VNG) Testing

The assessment and the tests are carried out by Vitaly Kisilevsky, an international medical graduate specializing in otolaryngologist (ENT). Vitaly Kisilevsky completed a fellowship at U of T in medical neurotology and otology research. Currently, his focus is conducting Neuro-Physiological Vestibular Evaluations. His assessment of MVA clients provides objective evidence of traumatic damage to the balance system and is relevant to cases of head and neck trauma, musculo-skeletal and neural system injuries and post-traumatic psychiatric disorders.

A VNG tests the motor functions of patient’s inner ear. The test is looking to determine if vestibular disease is affecting the inner ear which may be causing the patient to feel unbalanced or dizzy. VNG Testing is non-invasive and the safest, most accurate and most comfortable way to test for Vestibular Disease. Additionally, this is the only test that can differentiate which ear the disease is affecting.

Description of Test

This is a four part test that should take up to 45 minutes to complete.

The first part, patients will be asked to follow a moving object with their eyes. Doctors will be looking to see if the patient has any slowness or inaccuracies following moving objects.

The second part of the test, patients will be asked to follow a large, fast moving object while the doctor continue to look for slowness or inaccuracies in the eyes.

The next part of the test, the doctor will move patient’s head in various directions looking to see if there are any inappropriate eye movements in the process.

The final stage of the test involves stimulating patient’s ears by using air calorie stimulation and tracking eye movement while ears are stimulated. This will help determine which ear is being affected by vestibular disease.

This is a completely safe and non-invasive test.

Inner Ear Testing (ABR, ECochG and VEMP)

Inner Ear testing will be carried out by JY Lee Choi. JY Choi graduated with a Doctor of Audiology from University of Florida in USA. She is also the American Board Certified Audiologist and has performed vestibular function testing at Toronto Western Hospital and electrophysiological measures at Toronto Eastern Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (FAAA) and holds the ASHA(American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), and is registered with CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario).

Consultations for dizzy patients in addition to general otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat) will be carried out by Dr. Xerxes Punthakee MD, FRCSC who completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto, and is a licensed specialist in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Description of Test


Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)

The electrodes are placed on the forehead and ears, and the click stimulus is delivered by earphones. The test records the electrical activity from the auditory pathway. You do not need to respond to sounds and are required to sit relaxed with your eyes closed.

Electrocochleography (ECochG)

The electrodes are placed on the forehead, behind both ears, and a flexible non invasive TM electrode should be inserted deep in your ear canals. Then the click stimulus is presented through the earphones. The test records the electrical activity from the inner ear. You do not need to respond to sounds and are required to sit relaxed with your eyes closed.

Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (oVEMP)

The electrodes are placed under the eyes, the forehead, and the chin. The click stimulus is presented through the earphones. Then you are asked to look slightly upward and the machine will record the electrical potentials.

Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (cVEMP)

The electrodes are placed on the forehead, behind both ears and on the contracted neck muscle with the patient turning his head sharply in the opposite direction of the stimulated ear. The click stimulus is presented through ear phones.