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Balance assessment

The service provides a comprehensive balance assessment and rehabilitation service for individuals who have been referred to the Audiology Department following an ENT consultation. All balance assessments are carried out at Darlington Memorial Hospital by our specialised balance assessment team.

We also offer balance rehabilitation with our specialised therapists at University Hospital North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital. Our therapists also have close links with the falls team, physiotherapy, social services and many more external rehabilitation services.    

The balance assessment can take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. During the assessment you may be instructed to look at lights and move your head and body into various different positions. Part of the test may require some warm and cool air to be delivered into your ear canals to evaluate the function of each balance organ. You may be asked to wear some goggles containing infrared cameras (VNG) which will enable us to record your eye movement during each part of the assessment.

The results of the assessment will be explained along with any concerns they may have identified. If appropriate, the Specialised Audiologist may discuss some balance rehabilitation techniques and/or make an appropriate referral to one of our specialised therapists. The results of the assessment will also be sent back to your ENT consultant for review in their ENT clinic.

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'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham