Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing & Balance Testing


No. Although most people do just fine with the balance tests, there are some parts that might make you feel a little dizzy — so, to reduce any nausea you might otherwise experience, we ask you not to eat anything for about six hours before your test.
Sorry, no. Makeup, particularly eye makeup, often disturbs our sensitive equipment and gets in the way of accurate results. We ask you please to arrive at our office with clean faces, free of makeup. We have makeup remover available if you need some. And it’s perfectly OK to reapply your makeup when the tests are over.
Please be careful: There are certain medications we ask you NOT to take on the day of your appointment. These include anti-vertigo medications such as Meclizine, and other strong sleeping pills and pain pills that can cause drowsiness, because these drugs can affect the results of testing. Call us for a list of medications that you should not take on the day of your appointment: (602) 281-4095.
Everybody’s reaction is different. Some parts of the test can make some people a little dizzy, but this is a normal reaction and only lasts a short while. If you’re already dealing with dizziness symptoms, the tests won’t make them any worse than they already are, and they won’t cause previous dizziness episodes to return.
Most of our patients feel just fine to drive after testing. However, if your present symptoms are severe, it’s not a bad idea to have someone drive you.
You’d be amazed. Today’s technology allows us to look at how a baby’s hearing nerve and inner ear are working — without having the child respond to sounds at all. In fact, it’s actually best if baby sleeps during the testing!

We ask that you bring your baby to the appointment awake, tired, and hungry so that he or she can fall asleep while we are performing the test.

To see a description of the tests — Auditory Brainstem Response and OtoAcoustic Emissions — please CLICK HERE.

Pretty much as with newborns and young infants, today’s technology allows us to test young children without having them actually respond to sounds. That being said, however, even children as young as 6 to 9 months can respond to sounds created and directed in a certain way. We can confidently analyze the hearing of even very young children using a combination of these tests, although some children may need more than one appointment to complete their testing.