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Balance assessment & Rehabilitation

What can I expect at the appointment?

You will see one or two members of a team of audiologists and clinical scientist who are specially trained in balance assessment and rehabilitation. The appointment is usually 1½ to 2 hours long. The aim of the assessment appointment will be to investigate the possible source of your imbalance. The audiologist will start by asking some questions about your balance problems. Although you will have given your history to a doctor before, it is important to go over it again so the audiologists get a first-hand account of your balance problems. This will help us decide which tests are necessary. All tests will be fully explained before starting and will only be carried out with your consent.

When all the necessary tests are complete, the audiologists will look at all the results and discuss them with you. In many cases it's not possible to identify the causes of you balance problem on the day as further testing or analysis of the results may be needed. Wherever possible though the audiologist will discuss the possible cause of your balance difficulties and discuss possible treatments.