What Is Vestibular Disorder?
The vestibular system is the part of the body that includes the inner ear and the brain, which are responsible for eye movement and balance. A vestibular disorder will develop as a result of damage, disease or natural aging of the vestibular system. The most common vestibular disorders that we treat in our office include,
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis
- Meniere’s disease
- Perilymphatic fistula (PLF).
Here at Texas Ear and Vestibular Institute, Dr. Andrew Senchak and Dr. Margo Stewart can provide you with answers and treatments to effectively manage your vestibular disorder symptoms.
The Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder
The most common symptom of a vestibular disorder is dizziness. Of course, this symptom alone may not have you thinking that it’s time to seek help. After all, a wide range of health problems that don’t impact the vestibular system can also cause dizziness. So how do you know that your dizziness may be vestibular related?
If you have a vestibular disorder you may also experience,
- Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
- Balance problems or coordination issues
- Difficulty focusing or tracking objects with your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Poor depth perception
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Dizziness or vertigo triggered by loud noises
- Hearing loss
- Trouble concentration
- Memory problems and disorientation
- Ear pain
- Fullness in the ears
- 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. 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: also referred to as the Epley maneuver, canalith repositioning is often used to treat BPPV by performing certain head movements that can move the crystals in the ears back into the proper position. This is an extremely 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.
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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