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How to prepare for Audiovestibular testing

Where possible, your assessment, tests and post-test analysis will be arranged consecutively on the same day. All test results are reviewed by the Consultant Audiovestibular Physician. Your audiovestibular testing time will include a number of different tests which may take up to 2.5 hours. The following advice concerns a number of audiovestibular tests, however, when you book your appointment you may receive more detailed information.

  • Certain medications may affect the results of the testing and should therefore be avoided for at least 48 hours prior to your testing. Ask your Audiovestibular Physician for further details on what medication you may keep taking, and which to avoid
  • Remember to bring a list of all the prescription medicines you take on the day of your test
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before your test
  • Please arrive in good time with eye make-up removed and hair free from hair spray and gels
  • For ear examinations, if you have a problem with excess wax, you will need to have this removed professionally before your test. GP’s will do this free of charge. If you decide to have this done at your appointment, please note that there will be an additional charge
  • Let us know if you suffer from any allergies
  • You may eat in advance of your test, but we suggest a light meal only
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes and socks. Women should wear trousers rather than dresses or skirts
  • Avoid wearing high neck clothing, as some tests require electrodes to be taped to the shoulders, forehead, and neck
  • If you have severe neck problems that may prevent you from performing the test, please make the audiologist aware
  • Have someone accompany you home in the event you need assistance due to dizziness. Please note that we will not be able to discharge you alone if you are feeling unwell
  • Please have someone come with you who will be able to drive in the event you are unable

For more information on each test, please download the leaflet.