Balance Disorders

balanceIf you have a balance disorder, chances are you are having episodes of feeling unsteady, woozy or having problems reading or seeing. An overall feeling of disorientation can accompany balance disorders. Sometimes people experience nausea, changes in heart rate or feelings of anxiety.

There are two families of balance disorders:

  1. Dizziness, vertigo or motion sickness that occurs suddenly
  2. Persistent unsteadiness on your feet, an overall lingering sense of off balance

Loss of Balance is not a natural result of aging but it is very common. The National Institute of Health reports that 70% of adults will experience dizziness at some point in their lives.

When your body’s system of balance is working properly, your visual and vestibular (ears) systems are working together and sending your brain information on where you are in space. If you have an issue with your ears, this can effect this finely tuned system.

There are many things that can cause a balance disorder but typically they are caused by any of four areas:

  1. Peripheral vestibular disorder, a disturbance in the labyrinth
  2. Central vestibular disorder, a problem in the brain or its connecting nerves
  3. Systemic disorder, a problem of the body other than the head and brain
  4. Vascular disorder, or blood flow problems

At Montezuma Hearing, Dr. Story will want to examine your inner ear to see if you have an infection or any inflammation in the Vestibular (a small organ in the inner ear) as well as run some diagnostic tests to determine if any vestibular disease is present. If you have questions about any of the diagnostic procedures available at Montezuma Hearing, please visit our Services page here.

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