The suppression head impulse (SHIMP) test is the latest protocol in EyeSeeCam vHIT. The SHIMP test allows you to determine the extent of vestibular function. In cases where the vHIT is difficult to interpret, the SHIMP test can help to show if the vestibular system is functioning. You can also use the SHIMP test to corroborate the level of residual vestibular function, which will help you to set realistic expectations for your patient’s vestibular rehabilitation.
Did you know that 70% of children with sensorineural hearing losses also have a vestibular impairment? Infant hearing screenings allow us to diagnose hearing impairments at a very early age and these infants and small children bring unique testing challenges.
Sharon L. Cushing, MD MSc FRCSC, gives her view on vestibular testing in children and which systems she uses.