VHIT (Video Head Impulse Test)

The VHIT (Video Head Impulse Test) is a test used at Brain + Body Health to examine the function of the inner ear, specifically the three semicircular canals. The VHIT records the movement of the eyes in response to head movement to assess the function of the vestibular-ocular reflex (VOR). The reflex is critical for balance and everyday activities, as it maintains eye contact with objects as we move through our environment so we can maintain balance and posture. This reflex becomes even more important for athletes participating in fast, dynamic sports and activities. The VHIT test is an important part of a through evaluation of the balance system.

Janky, K. L., Patterson, J., Shepard, N., Thomas, M., Barin, K., Creutz, T., Schmid, K., & Honaker, J. A. (2018). Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT): The Role of Corrective Saccades in Identifying Patients With Vestibular Loss. Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology39(4), 467–473. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000001751

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