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Feel as if the room is spinning around you? If so, your ears could be to blame.
While there are many reasons why someone may experience dizziness, from a drop in blood sugar to stress, we're going to take a look at how the ears can affect your balance. There are a variety of conditions and infections that not just affect the ears but also your balance. These are issues that our McKinney, TX, ENT doctor Dr. Andrew Senchak can treat.
Many causes of dizziness are the result of an inner ear problem. Feeling dizzy or lightheaded? It could be,
This chronic inner ear disorder, which typically affects young or middle-aged adults, can lead to bouts of vertigo (spinning or twirling sensation). Usually, this condition affects one ear. Along with vertigo, you may also experience ringing in the ear, changes in hearing or fullness/pressure in the ears.
This inner ear disorder occurs when one of the vestibular nerves within the inner ear becomes inflamed. Since the vestibular nerves are responsible for spatial awareness and balance, inflammation of the nerves can lead to dizziness, hearing loss and nausea. Sometimes labyrinthitis is brought on by an inner ear infection.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
This is usually the most common cause of dizziness and symptoms can be triggered by changes in head position such as standing up too quickly. Those with diabetes, previous head injuries or another inner ear disorder may be prone to BPPV. Symptoms of BPPV include,
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of balance
You may be surprised to hear that dizziness is actually one of the leading causes of dizziness. If you have been diagnosed with migraines (severe headaches), particularly migraines with auras, then you may also experience bouts of dizziness and vertigo. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days. If you deal with severe, debilitating headaches then you could have migraines.
Since dizziness has many different causes it's important for our ENT doctor to examine you here at his McKinney, TX, practice to run the appropriate diagnostic tests to rule out certain conditions while also making a definitive diagnosis. The most common tests include an Electrocochleography (ECoG) or a videonystagmogram, which tests the inner eye and central motor functions, as well as eye movement.
If you suspect that your dizziness may be caused by an inner ear problem then call our ENT team at (469) 678-2211 to schedule an evaluation. Trust your ear, nose and throat health to the experts at Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute.
It’s normal to experience bouts of dizziness if we are stressed, taking certain medications or haven’t eaten in a while; however, what might be going on if your dizziness persists? Dizziness isn’t an uncommon symptom. In fact, most people will experience dizziness that is serious enough to warrant seeing a doctor. While you may visit a family physician to find out what’s going on, don’t be surprised if you end up being referred to an ear, nose & throat doctor.
What causes dizziness?
Dizziness refers to a serious of sensations that make you feel lightheaded, off balance, unsteady or feeling like the world around you is spinning (vertigo). Sometimes dizziness may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, particularly during more severe episodes. These symptoms can be unnerving but an otolaryngologist can often help.
The most common causes of dizziness that we see include:
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This problem affects the inner ear and can lead to persistent episodes of vertigo. Symptoms usually last no more than a minute and will typically come and go. Unfortunately, there often is no cause of BPPV; however, sometimes migraines or inner ear damage may be to blame. Sometimes this condition will go away on its own but an ENT doctor can also provide you with treatment options such as physical therapy that can get rid of symptoms sooner.
Vestibular neuronitis: Inflammation of the eight cranial nerve, known as the vestibular nerve, results in severe vertigo episodes that may cause you to lose balance. This condition can also cause nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually last anywhere from 7 to 10 days and become milder over the course of several months. A viral or bacterial infection is usually to blame for inflammation of the vestibular nerve.
There are certain medications that can be prescribed by an ENT specialist to help lessen the severity and duration of your symptoms. Sometimes a special type of physical therapy is performed to treat this condition.
Labyrinthitis: This inner ear disorder occurs when one of the two vestibular nerves becomes inflamed. Along with dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and nausea you may also lose hearing in one ear. Any changes to your hearing warrant immediate medical attention. Viral, respiratory, and bacterial infections can all cause this disorder.
Medications such as corticosteroids, sedatives and antihistamines may be prescribed to help with your symptoms. Just like with vestibular neuronitis, a type of physical therapy known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) may also be recommended.
Meniere disease: This progressive inner ear condition also causes similar symptoms to labyrinthitis including tinnitus, hearing loss, pressure in the ears, and dizziness. Symptoms will gradually get worse over time, and these attacks may also cause a rapid pulse, blurry vision and anxiety.
While there is no cure, there are treatment options that can effectively manage your dizziness and also reduce fluid in the ear. Medications such as steroids, motion sickness medicines, and diuretics are often used, as well as rehabilitation, therapy, hearing aids, and sometimes surgery.
If you are dealing with dizziness or any other warning signs of an ear problem it’s a good time to turn to an ENT doctor who can help you find the right treatment to get you back on two steady feet again.