Vestibular Disorder

What Is Vestibular Disorder?


The vestibular system is the part of the body, including the inner ear and the brain, responsible for detecting acceleration and other movements of the head. It controls eye movements that occurs in response to head acceleration and is therefore an important part of the balance system. A vestibular disorder can develop as a result of damage, disease, or natural aging of the vestibular system. Examples of vestibular disorders that we treat in our office include the following:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Bilateral vestibular loss


The Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder

The most common symptom of a vestibular disorder is dizziness. Of course, this term alone encompasses a wide range of sensations that can be described as dizziness. These includes:

  • Vertigo - a perceived spinning, rocking, or movement sensation
  • Disequilbrium - a feeling that you moved out of proportion to actual movement
  • Imbalance or coordination issues - such as occur when walking or performing tasks
  • Difficulty focusing or tracking objects with your eyes
  • Lightheadedness and mind foginess
  • Sensitivity to visually stimulating and busy environments
  • Poor depth perception

Vestibular disorders can result from conditions of the inner ear or other neurologic conditions. Therefore dizziness can also occur in conjunction with other concerning symptoms, which may include hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness or vertigo triggered by loud noises, trouble concentration, memory problems and disorientation, ear pain, headaches, fullness in the ears, sensitivity to bright lights, and motion sickness. 

Again, these are all symptoms that can be associated with other health problems, but if you are noticing any changes or symptoms that affect your ears or your balance then we can help. The first goal is to find out what is causing your symptoms, which will also determine the type of treatment we will prescribe.


Treatment of Vestibular Disorders

Common treatment options for vestibular disorders include:

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy: this includes certain exercises to retrain the brain to pick up signals from the head, body and eyes. This therapy can be tailored to each patient based on their symptoms and the type of vestibular disorder you have.

Canalith repositioning maneuvers: canalith repositioning treatment (CRT) is often used to treat BPPV by performing certain head movements that can move the crystals in the ears back into the proper position.  Examples of CRT techniques include the Epley maneuver, Semnont maneuver, Brandt-Daroff exercises, and barbeque roll technique. Depending on which maneuver is best, CRT can be a very effective treatment option for BPPV with a high cure rate.

At-home exercises: our doctor will show you a series of exercises that you will want to perform on your own every day. These exercises can be done anytime, anywhere.

Therapy and counseling: this can be particularly beneficial if your vestibular disorder is psychologically and emotionally impacting your life.

Medical therapy: certain anti-dizziness medications and medications that control the inner ear and/or migraines can be useful in a certain subset of patients as well, depending on the diagnosis. 

What Can I Do? 

Here at Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute, we can provide you with accurate diagnosis, answers and treatments to effectively manage your vestibular disorder symptoms. If you are noticing the warning signs of a vestibular disorder you want a medical team who can provide you with the treatment you need. Call Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute in McKinney, TX, today at (469) 678-2211 for an evaluation.

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