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Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT) and the Assessment of Horizontal Semicircular Canal Function
Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
  • Kristal M. Riska, East Tennessee State University
  • Owen Murnane, East Tennessee State University
  • Faith W. Akin, East Tennessee State University
  • Courtney D. Hall, East Tennessee State University
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Background: Vestibular function (specifically, horizontal semicircular canal function) can be assessed across a broad frequency range using several different techniques. The head impulse test is a qualitative test of horizontal semicircular canal function that can be completed at bedside. Recently, a new instrument (video head impulse test [vHIT]) has been developed to provide an objective assessment to the clinical test. Questions persist regarding how this test may be used in the overall vestibular test battery. Purpose: The purpose of this case report is to describe vestibular test results (vHIT, rotational testing, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, and balance and gait performance) in an individual with a 100% unilateral caloric weakness who was asymptomatic for dizziness, vertigo or imbalance. Data Collection and/or Analysis: Comprehensive assessment was completed to evaluate vestibular function. Caloric irrigations, rotary chair testing, vHIT, and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials were completed. Results: A 100% left-sided unilateral caloric weakness was observed in an asymptomatic individual. vHIT produced normal gain with covert saccades. Conclusions: This case demonstrates the clinical usefulness of vHIT as a diagnostic tool and indicator of vestibular compensation and functional status.

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Kristal M. Riska, Owen Murnane, Faith W. Akin and Courtney D. Hall. "Video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT) and the Assessment of Horizontal Semicircular Canal Function" Journal of the American Academy of Audiology Vol. 26 Iss. 5 (2015) p. 518 - 523 ISSN: 2157-3107
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