Patients with continuing symptoms may undergo an audiogram to test hearing and VNG to determine damage to inner ear balance mechanisms. An MRI scan of the brain may be performed if there is any reasonable possibility of a stroke, tumor or other mass. Testing is helpful not only for diagnosis, but also to design an effective program of balance therapy and an individualized home program.
Vestibular suppressant medications are occasionally given for brief periods to reduce vertigo (spinning or other dizziness), and anti-emetics are given to diminish nausea. Steroids can also be helpful for some patients. These medications are normally used for a brief period to treat acute symptoms. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises are prescribed to help the brain adjust and recalibrate to the injury. Most patients with this condition recover fully.
For more information, please contact our Balance Clinic at (727) 461-8635.