Balance Testing


To determine the cause of a balance problem, you will first be asked to describe your problems and symptoms and will be given a physical examination.



Based on your descriptions and exam results, your doctor will develop a working diagnosis.

Depending on what he or she determines, your doctor may then order tests designed to confirm the diagnosis.

The test results also determine how key components are functioning.

Our Akron Office Provides VNG testing:

Videonystagmography (VNG) is used to evaluate patients with dizziness, vertigo, or balance dysfunction.

You must discontinue use of the following medications for 48 hours prior to your test:

  • Allergy pills
  • Tranquilizers (Valium, Libruim, Xanax, etc.)
  • Sedative pills (all sleeping pills or tranquilizers)
  • Decongestants/Antihistamines (Benadryl, Sudafed, Dimetapp, Chlortrimeton, Seldane)
  • Pain pills
  • Diet pills
  • Nerve/muscle relaxant pills (Robaxin, Valium)
  • Dizziness pills (Antivert, Meclizine, Bonine, ear patches, etc.)
  • Aspirin or aspirin substitutes (Tylenol, etc.)
  • Narcotics/Barbiturates (Codeine, Demerol, Percodan, Phenobarbital, antidepressants)

Additional instructions:

  • Clean face, no makeup.
  • Remove contact lenses before the examination (bring your eyeglasses).
  • No solid foods for 2 to 4 hours before the test.
  • No coffee, tea, or cola after midnight on the day of the test.
  • No alcoholic beverages/liquid medication containing alcohol 48 hours before the test.
  • Discontinue all medication for 48 hours prior to the test, except “maintenance” medications for your heart, blood pressure, diabetes, or seizures, and any medications deemed by your physician to be necessary. Please consult your physician with any questions.