Migraines & Vestibular Testing


Migraine is a common neurological condition that encompasses far more than painful headaches, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. An estimated 40% of migraine sufferers also experience vestibular symptoms such as vertigo, faintness and sensitivity to motion.

Vestibular migraine is a bit different. Patients suffering from vestibular migraine may experience the trademark headache pain, but they are also likely to experience dizziness on its own. This can lead to confusion when searching for a diagnosis and treatment options for a patient with a loss of balance. Without the tell-tale headache, vestibular migraine may be overlooked and under-diagnosed.



 Vestibular testing equipment such as videonystagmography, or VNG, can be utilized to confirm or rule out if a patient’s vertigo is related to migraine or a different vestibular condition. VNG technology directly measures the movements of the eyes through infrared cameras, instead of measuring muscles around the eyes like ENG testing. VNG testing provides more accurate results and is more comfortable for patients.

While the exact causes of vestibular migraine are unknown, the first step in treatment is to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Vestibular testing equipment such VNG can help reveal these underlying issues and set patients on the right path to relief.