The functional head impulse test: preliminary data

Giulia Corallo, Maurizio Versino, Marco Mandalà, Silvia Colnaghi, Stefano Ramat

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The functional head impulse test is a new test of vestibular function based on the ability to recognize the orientation of a Landolt C optotype that briefly appears on a computer screen during passive head impulses imposed by the examiner over a range of head accelerations. Here, we compare its results with those of the video head impulse test on a population of vestibular neuritis patients recorded acutely and after 3 months from symptoms onset. The preliminary results presented here show that while both tests are able to identify the affected labyrinth and to show a recovery of vestibular functionality at 3 months, the two tests are not redundant, but complementary.

Original languageEnglish
Article number265
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number(Suppl 1)
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • fHIT
  • Functional vestibular testing
  • Head impulse test
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Vestibular rehabilitation assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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