This test will be performed if you have a history of giddiness and where erosion of the bony labyrinth (inner ear) is clinically suspected perhaps due to infection, cholesteatoma or a tumour. Sometimes a fistula may be suspected when the patient reports dizziness during initial tympanometry.
The Vestibular Scientist will alter the pressure in the ear canal either by pushing on the tragus, which is the soft cartilage flap just in front of the external ear canal, creating a repetitive pumping action or by using a pneumatic otoscope. The test is positive if you develop vertigo or nystagmus. Sometimes the test is carried out using VNG goggles to obtain a digital computer record of the induced nystagmus.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.