Fall Prevention

I have a history of falling. Will these tests reduce my risk?

The hearing and/or balance test results we send your doctor may assist him/her to determine the cause of your dizziness/imbalance.

Knowing the cause could help your doctor develop a treatment plan for you. This may include being referred to a physiotherapist to help you with exercises to reduce your chance of falling. It may also include a referral for an occupational therapist to do an assessment of your home to develop ways in which you can prevent an injury.

There are a number of things that can contribute to your risk of falls. These include: weakness, previous history of falling, arthritis, depression, medication, poor vision, balance or gait instability, cognitive impairment and/or age.

Three important things you can do to prevent falls:   

  • Ask your doctor about starting a regular exercise program. Programs that focus on balance and coordination are best (i.e., Tai Chi). Weakness increases your chances of falling.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review the medications you are taking. Certain medications or combination of medications can cause you to feel sleepy and/or dizzy which can increase your risk of falling.
  • Have your vision checked annually. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

The Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres offer workshops on fall prevention. If you have a history of falling or are concerned about falling, contact either of our two sites which offer balance testing for more information. 

ENG/VNG Testing
Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres
c/o Health Park
45 Weatherbee Road, Suite 106
Sydney, NS  B1M 0A1

ENG/VNG, Rotary Chair, Posturography, and VEMP Testing
Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres
c/o QEII HSC – Dickson Building
5820 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 3084
Halifax, NS  B3H 1V7