It’s great to have stars in your eyes when you’re in love, but it’s not so fun when those stars are accompanied by annoying dizziness.
If you’re feeling dizzy or off balance, it may be worth having one of our ENT doctors look into reasons why.
What Causes Dizziness and Balance Problems?
Sometimes dizziness can happen due to low blood pressure or a medication, and sometimes it’s due to migraines or neurological problems. But in half of patients who experience balance problems or dizziness, there’s a disturbance in the inner ear. Here are some of the conditions we treat and reasons why they can cause a sense of unsteadiness:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV: Vertigo causes you to feel you’re spinning or tilting when you’re standing, sitting or even lying still. This happens when tiny calcium particles clump up in the inner ear and block your inner ear from doing its job, which is to send signals to the brain about movements relative to gravity.
Meniere’s Disease: Instead of calcium deposits building up in the ear, this balance problem is caused by fluid building up and changing pressure in the ear. It can cause ringing in the ears, vertigo, and even hearing loss.
Vestibular Neuritis and Labyrinthitis: Usually related to a viral infection, dizziness can happen due to inflammation in the inner ear around nerves that help the body sense balance.
Superior Canal Dehiscence: This balance disorder is caused by a thinning or complete absence of part of a temporal bone in your ear. It can also affect hearing.
Bilateral Vestibular Loss: This is rare but can happen when the balance portions of both inner ears are damaged. The imbalance is worse in the dark and is accompanied by visual disturbances.
Perilymph Fistula: When there is an abnormal connection between the air-filled middle ear and the fluid filled inner ear, it can cause vertigo, nausea and vomiting. This usually is due to a tear or defect in one or both of the thin membranes between the middle and inner ears.
Acoustic Neuroma: Although very rare, a small tumor can grow on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain, causing a sense of imbalance, hearing loss and tinnitus.
How Can Sound Health ENT Doctors Help With my Balance Problem?
The ENT Doctors at Sound Health Services specialize in the treatment of inner ear conditions. After carefully ruling out other causes for your balance issues, our ENT doctors will examine you and conduct diagnostic testing to find out what could be making you feel dizzy or unsteady. We will develop a treatment plan specifically for your condition to get you feeling your best again.
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