vHIT Technology Gains Acceptance as Part of the Vestibular Assessment Battery


Vestibular testing has come a long way since the days of Róbert Bárány – otologist and winner of the 1914 Nobel Prize for his work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus of the ear. Dr. Bárány's early research resulted in what today is known as the caloric test – one of several accepted tests, which is still used today for testing dizzy patients.

Unlike the caloric test and other more traditional methods, vHIT technology is a useful clinical tool that identifies which ear is affected in cases of peripheral vestibular loss. vHIT technology enables a faster and more precise diagnosis. And, as seen at the Bárány Society Meeting in Buenos Aires in May, it is  quickly becoming an accepted tool in the vestibular assessment toolbox among vestibular scientists and clinicians alike.

“It’s clear that vHIT technology is not only becoming mainstream among vestibular researchers, but also with clinicians around the world who are treating dizzy patients,” says Anders Lund, Marketing Project Manager for ICS Impulse at Otometrics, who attended the meeting.

ICS Impulse is the world's first portable, gold standard video head impulse test (vHIT) device.  ICS Impulse was used in many of the presentations at the meeting. It’s the only vHIT device that has been approved by thought leaders Ian Curthoys and Michael Halmagyi. (Read what users are saying about ICS Impulse here.)

“It’s just great to see the ICS Impulse results on posters and hearing about it in talks. This demonstrates its acceptance as a standard test,” Ian Curthoys, Ph.D. and Head of Vestibular Research Laboratory at the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney in Australia.

While vHIT technology is advancing into clinics around the world, there is still work to be done in terms of educating and facilitating the use of the technology.

“vHIT technology is still a new technology,” says Anders Lund, “Clinicians have many questions. At Otometrics we are ready to answer these questions – with expert knowledge and training – to help clinicians make the most of this effective technology.”

See the Otometrics satellite symposium from the Bárány Society meeting and learn more about collecting quality vHIT data using ICS Impulse.
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