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Vertigo Clinic

Location:
555 University Avenue, Room 6109, Burton Wing, 6th Floor
Phone:
416-813-6558

About the Clinic

The Vertigo Clinic is part of the ENT Clinic, which provides multidisciplinary care for all types of otolaryngology cases, including complex airway cases; surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss through cochlear implantation and bone anchored hearing aids; external, middle and inner ear disorders; and endoscopic sinus surgery. Special areas of clinical expertise have developed over the years, including voice and laryngeal function, laryngo-tracheal reconstruction, and complex sleeping disordered breathing and vestibular dysfunction. 

Pre-appointment Instructions

What to bring: 

  • The completed Patient Information Form you may have received in the mail, if you have not already returned it 
  • Any other documentation you were asked to bring (for example: hearing tests, CDs of X-rays, CT scans or MRIs) 

Directions: 

The clinic is located in Room 6109, on the 6th Floor of the Burton Wing. 

From the Elizabeth Street (Atrium) entrance: Take the Atrium elevators to the 6th floor. Upon exiting, walk west down the long hallway, there will be a sign directing you to the ENT/Ears, Nose, Throat Clinic. At the end of the hall turn left, continue until you see the Burton Wing elevators. ENT Clinic 19 will be directly in front of you. 

From the University Avenue entrance: Follow the signs to the Burton Wing, located on the south side of the building. Take the Burton Wing elevators to the 6th floor. The ENT Clinic 19 is directly beside the elevators. 

What to Expect During Your Visit

Your appointment can take up to two hours to complete. 

Your appointment in the Vertigo Clinic will be tailored to your child’s history - what doctors they have already seen, what tests they have already had done - as well as their age and degree of cooperation. 

Your appointment will include the following: 

  • Thorough review of the history of your child’s symptoms as well as the questionnaire and log that we had you fill out ahead of time 
  • Physical examination which will include: 
    • General exam of the ear, nose and throat 
    • Specific exam of the balance part of the inner ear 
      • This includes wearing a pair of video goggles (you can prepare your child by letting them know this will be like wearing a pair of ski/swim goggles) 
      • Spinning around on a chair 
      • Reading an eye chart 
    • A standardized test of balance 
      • Standing on one foot, eyes open, eyes closed, on and off a balance beam etc. which we score to see how your child’s balance rates compared to their peers 
      • General neurologic exam 
    • Summary of what we found and of what tests have been completed and what we think the diagnosis may be along with treatment options if they exist. 
    • Review what additional tests your child may need or what other specialist your child may need to see 

Your appointment may also include: 

  • Hearing test (audiogram) – Even if your child has had this test we will often repeat it as some time has passed and hearing difficulties in children with dizziness may change with time or come and go. We also will do some special testing which is often not done with a regular hearing test.
  • Ear cleaning – If your child’s ears are blocked by wax we may remove this at the time of the appointment. 

 
Given the many parts to the appointment we book one hour per patient to ensure that we have the time to complete the above and answer any questions. 

Coming to a clinic appointment

It's important to come prepared and be on time for a clinic appointment. Visit Coming for Clinic Appointments to read appointment guidelines that are applicable for most clinical appointments at SickKids.

You’ll find information on how to prepare and what to bring, what to do if you/your child are sick before your appointment or you need to cancel,  and important things to know about the SickKids philosophy.

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