What is the role of audiometry and vestibular testing in the diagnosis of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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It should be kept in mind that the results of audiometry and vestibular testing are not diagnostic in the medical sense. For example, unilateral vestibular loss can be due to vestibular neuronitis or a vestibular schwannoma. Equally, a unilateral hearing loss can be due to Ménière disease, idiopathic sudden hearing loss, or a vestibular schwannoma. Therefore, clinicians who perform these tests should do so in the physiologic sense and must avoid the temptation to interpret the results as indicating pathologic entities.


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