At some point or another, we all experience a little dizziness from time to time, whether that be for just a split second or an uncomfortable few minutes. When we feel ‘fuzzy’ for a few seconds, we can usually put this down to standing up too quickly, or perhaps we just haven’t eaten enough that day. But when the ‘fuzziness’ becomes more severe and more frequent, it can cause concern, and for those experiencing this; it can be quite scary!

Often, when a problem with dizziness and imbalance becomes a regular occurrence, those affected tend to avoid certain situations in fear of falling or losing control of their bodies. This, unfortunately, leads to isolation; which can eventually lead to anxiety and depression.

But not to worry! Behind every symptom is a cause, and behind every cause, there is a solution. You may be surprised to find out that a problem with the ears causes the majority of balance issues. Below I have noted the main ear conditions that can cause dizziness & imbalance.

 

Meniere’s disease

This condition causes symptoms such as those associated with tinnitus, alongside unpredictable and intermittent attacks of vertigo. These symptoms can last between a few minutes to up to a few hours at a time. Hearing loss develops as Meniere’s disease worsens. Early diagnosis is essential in preserving hearing and managing the symptoms associated.

 

Labyrinthitis

The labyrinth is the part of your ear that controls balance. A virus causes this condition within the labyrinth, which can sometimes develop from a common cold. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, and loss of hearing. Medication can be used to control symptoms, and you can expect a full recovery within 2-3 months.

 

Vascular vertigo

When there isn’t enough healthy blood supply to your ears, you may experience what is called vascular vertigo. Being overweight, smoking, not exercising, or suffering from frequent migraines can all be causes of this. If you believe this may be causing your dizziness, please don’t hesitate to come and see us for an evaluation.

 

Arteriosclerosis

Similarly to vascular vertigo, arteriosclerosis occurs when healthy blood flow to the ears is limited. If you have high blood pressure, are overweight following an unhealthy diet, or smoke; you are at increased risk of arteriosclerosis. These things will be worth visiting your doctor about, but a hearing health check could determine any conditions with the ear you might have.

 

Acoustic neuroma

This is a type of non-cancerous brain tumor. This growth usually happens slowly over several years and doesn’t have an apparent cause. Symptoms include tinnitus, vertigo, headaches, hearing loss, and difficulty swallowing.

 

Post-traumatic vertigo

This occurs following an injury to the head or neck, typically accidents that happen in cars such as whiplash. Concussion can also affect the inner ear. This may be easier to diagnose as you will know if you have recently had an injury and if you’ve had the problem before or after the accident occurred.

These ear conditions can be tricky to diagnose as many of them share the same significant symptoms. However, at Cornerstone Audiology, we pride ourselves in delivering the best hearing health care for our patients. We dedicate our time to help find the best solution and treatment for you.

If you’ve been experiencing dizziness & imbalance and would like to figure out the cause, please don’t delay and contact us today to see how we can help.