Your Local Balance Care Center

Your balance is something you tend to take for granted until you experience a problem. Because vertigo or poor balance can lead to injuries from falls or other accidents, balance is an essential element in maintaining your health.

The sensory information related to motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation your brain uses to help you to maintain balance comes from the vestibular apparatus located in each of your ears. When functioning properly, the vestibular organs on both sides of your head send symmetrical impulses to the brain, which help you to stay balanced. When these organs are not functioning properly, they can cause dizziness and mild to severe balance problems.

If you are experiencing vertigo, dizziness, or often feel like you are losing your balance, you should seek help before the condition worsens. Using a number of advanced tests, including our state-of-the-art computerized rotating chair, one of just four available in balance centers throughout Arizona, we can identify the source of your condition and pursue the best treatment options to address it.

How Our Balance Care Experts Can Help

Vestibular Testing

Balance and
Vestibular Testing

Hearing and balance are interrelated because both are controlled within the inner ear. Difficulties with balance, vertigo, and/or various forms of disequilibrium are conditions our audiologists understand. Working closely with our ENT doctors, we are able to pinpoint the cause and provide the best treatment options to fit your specific needs.

Among our hallmark diagnostic testing for our dizzy and gait challenged patients are top-level technologies such as electrocochelography (ECochG), auditory brainstem response (ABR), videonystagmography (VNG), computerized dynamic posturography (CDP), and computerized rotational chair testing.

Rotary chair

Computerized Rotary Chair

Identifying whether vertigo or dizziness is due to a disorder of the inner ear or related to something in the brain is the objective of the computerized rotary chair we use for testing. The test is able to determine whether both inner ears are impaired at the same time or if the issue is unique to only one ear, which is an essential element in identifying the cause of vertigo.

The test includes sitting in a motorized chair designed to swivel from side to side at a controlled rate. There are three aspects of rotary chair testing being observed during the test, including:

• measuring the severity of your dizziness,
• optokinetic testing to measures dizziness caused by the viewing of moving stripes,
• fixation testing to measure nystagmus related to rotation.

Scottsdale ENT is one of only four balance centers in the entire state of Arizona with this this advanced form of testing available.

Dynamic Posturography

Computerized Dynamic Posturography

To evaluate how well you are able to use your inner ears, eyes, and the body’s muscles and joints to maintain your balance, we make use of computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) testing.

Patients are asked to stand on a force-sensing support surface within a moveable visual surround during CDP testing. As you are exposed to various conditions during the test, we are able to determine the source of your balance problems.

Balance testing PDF

Download YOUR balance testing instructions (PDF)

Before having your balance tested, there are specific preparations our patients need to make ahead of time in order to be prepared. The document explains what you must do at various intervals before your test as well as what you can expect to experience during the testing process. If you are scheduled for a balance test, please download our “Balance Test Instructions” PDF by clicking the button below.

Schedule An Appointment

If you’re experiencing balance concerns, we would be delighted to help.

Our highly experienced and friendly team is ready to assess your hearing and identify the reason for your imbalance.

To make an appointment you can call us at (480) 684-1080 or you can simply complete the form on this page and one of our friendly team members will be in touch.

You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

“I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

“I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

“You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

“My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.