Is it Time for a VNG Test?
Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat is pleased to offer videonystagmography (VNG) tests at our center in Wesley Chapel, Florida. VNG testing is a diagnostic tool that can help provide answers for patients who are displaying vestibular system disorders, which are problems that affect the balance structures in the inner ear. A VNG test may also be referred to as a balance test.
What Are the Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder?
VNG testing may be appropriate if you are experiencing signs of a vestibular disorder. Possible symptoms include:
- Trouble balancing
- Pressure or a sensation of fullness in one or both ears
- Ringing in the ears
- Involuntary eye movements (nystagmus)
What Does a VNG Test Involve?
When receiving a VNG test at Scotch Institute of ENT, you’ll sit comfortably in a dark room and wear goggles with a special camera that records eye movements. The test is divided into three main parts:
- Ocular testing, which involves following both stationary and moving dots
- Positional testing, which involves checking for signs of nystagmus as you turn your head and body
- Caloric testing, which involves putting cool or warm air into each ear to check for inner ear damage
VNG testing is simple and safe. However, you may feel dizzy for a few minutes after your test. We recommend bringing a friend or family member who can drive you home afterward.
Contact Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel today to learn more about VNG tests or to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule a telemedicine appointment to consult with us from the comfort of home. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have.