Balance Disorders and Tests


If you suffer from frequent dizziness, your doctor might order a balance test for vertigo as well as for other balance disorders. Dizziness is a symptom of a number of possible conditions. By suggesting a balance test, your doctor can determine what’s wrong.


Dizziness means feeling out of balance in general. This could include any of the following:

  • You feel lightheaded
  • You keep blacking out
  • You stagger, unable to hold yourself upright
  • You suffer from disorientation and weakness
  • You feel like your surroundings are spinning

These symptoms could run from mild to severe. You might also experience nausea and vomiting along with the lightheadedness, weakness and vertigo.


Expect your general physician to ask you to talk about your symptoms. Be as detailed as possible. Your physician will also ask if the dizziness is interfering with any of your daily activities. Are you unable to go to work because of the vertigo? If anything seems to be triggering the symptoms or even making them worse, like you turning your head to a particular direction, make sure to inform your physician too. Your doctor might then perform a physical examination, checking inside your ears or looking at your eyes for signs of any involuntary movements.


There are a number of tests that your doctor might suggest. These include an electronystagmography or ENG, electrocochleography or ECOG, rotational chair test, posturography, the fistula test and a balance test for vertigo, says the American Hearing Org.

Finding one

Be sure to go to a certified and accredited healthcare facility for the test. Check on their credentials, the qualifications of their staff and quality of their service. Ask about the procedure. These should help you get a good idea if the facility is a good choice or if you should explore other options in the area.