In most cases, your doctor will refer you for a wide variety of tests in order to learn more about how your ear works. These tests are covered under OHIP. Your appointment might last as long as an hour and a half. If we run out of time, you might need to come back later.
Please arrive alert and ready. These tests will require some effort on your part. You will be asked to:
- Describe your problem
- Look at moving and stationary objects
- Move from a sitting to reclined position
- Tolerate illusions of movement for moments to minutes
- Keep your eyes open
- Listen to loud and quiet sounds
We’re not going to spin you around, or try to make you sick. Although lingering dizziness is rare after testing, you may want to arrange a driver or an alternative mode of transportation just in case, especially if you know yourself to be more prone to severe dizziness.
All testing is voluntary and done with your informed consent. If you choose to skip a procedure, or if you just can’t do it, that’s okay. If you have any questions before coming in, feel free give us a call, or send us an e-mail. Don’t worry if you have questions during testing – we are happy to answer them!
There are a few things you need to do to prepare, including stopping some medications. Please review these instructions well ahead of your appointment, as some medications must be stopped days before testing.