Diagnostic Value of Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potentials: A Review of the Evidence Since its initial description by Fitzgerald and Hallpike (1942), the alternating binaural bithermal caloric test has provided clinicians with the means of objectively documenting physiological impairments in innumerable patients with vestibular disease. However, a limitation of conventional caloric testing is that it only evaluates the function of the lateral ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2007
Diagnostic Value of Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potentials: A Review of the Evidence
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  • Shaum P. Bhagat
    School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
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Article   |   September 01, 2007
Diagnostic Value of Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potentials: A Review of the Evidence
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, September 2007, Vol. 11, 23-26. doi:10.1044/hhd11.1.23
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, September 2007, Vol. 11, 23-26. doi:10.1044/hhd11.1.23
Since its initial description by Fitzgerald and Hallpike (1942), the alternating binaural bithermal caloric test has provided clinicians with the means of objectively documenting physiological impairments in innumerable patients with vestibular disease. However, a limitation of conventional caloric testing is that it only evaluates the function of the lateral semicircular canal of the irrigated ear (Schubert & Minor, 2004). The developmentof a readily-available clinical test capable of evaluating otolith function has interested clinicians and researchers for many years. During the past decade, vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) have emerged as a technique that reportedly can evaluate the function of the saccule, one of two otolithic organs within the inner ear.
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