Balance & Dizziness

Vertigo, dizziness or imbalance will affect 90 million Americans sometime during their lifetime. Vestibular disorders can account for a large percentage of these in both children and adults. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result. 

The most common vestibular disorders include:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - Debris in the inner ear that leads to vertigo and dizziness
  • Labyrinthitis/Vestibular Neuritis - Infection/inflammation of the inner ear or the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, causing dizziness or vertigo
  • Ménière’s Disease - Abnormal amounts of fluid collecting in the inner ear causing vertigo, tinnitus, a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and hearing that fluctuates
  • Secondary Endolymphatic Hydrops - Abnormalities in the quantity, composition, and pressure of an inner-ear fluid, typically in response to an event or underlying condition such as head trauma or ear surgery, that causes pressure or fullness in the ears, tinnitus, hearing loss, dizziness, and/or imbalance.

Some forms of these inner ear disorders have symptoms that are virtually indistinguishable to most people. Since imbalance and vertigo can affect a person’s ability to stand and walk, see clearly, read, watch television, make decisions, and think clearly, these conditions are often misdiagnosed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our audiology staff can perform initial testing to determine whether or not the symptoms are related to a hearing problem and, if necessary, refer you to an appropriate specialist.