Balance & Dizziness

Since the ear is responsible for both hearing and balance, the dysfunction of one can have a huge influence on the other. Individuals who have experienced dizziness before and have seen a medical professional probably had their hearing tested at the same time.

While we think of our balance as its own bodily process, it’s actually managed within the inner ear. There are two parts of the inner ear, the cochlea (which is the sensory organ for hearing), and the semicircular canals (which are the sensory organ for balance). These fluid filled canals are oriented in different directions and converge in the vestibule, which is close to the cochlea. This balance system works with the visual system and the skeletal system to keep objects in focus when the head is moving, however, a disturbance in this system may cause a feeling of dizziness or imbalance.

What Are The Symptoms Of Dizziness?

Individuals who have vestibular problems might feel unsteady while walking and can experience any of the following issues:

  • Unsteadiness or loss of balance
  • Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Faintness, nausea, or clammy and pale skin are side effects secondary to dizziness. Dizziness is defined as such…

Dizziness is a non-specific term which encompasses one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Vertigo (spinning sensation)
  • Imbalance (which can lead to one falling)
  • Light-headedness

Symptoms that may occur secondary to dizziness may include:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Heart palpitations/feeling of panic
  • Falls

At Freedom Hearing Center, we place tremendous importance on diagnosing balance and dizziness issues. Our office uses state-of-the-art BalanceBack™ equipment with video goggles to provide the most comprehensive assessment of your balance issues, and our professionals bring extensive experience in the area of vestibular testing.

Utilizing the BalanceBack™ iVNG testing equipment, our audiologists can accurately diagnose balance disorders and determine the cause of your symptoms. This equipment distinguishes between vestibular disorders and central nervous system disorders, and works well on children, teenagers, and adults. Magnification windows and digitally stored files allow for the most comprehensive and precise testing process in a comfortable environment.

If you have concerns about this area of your well being, call our office today!


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