Balance and dizziness are managed by a three-part system in our bodies; the inner ear, the eyes, and the muscular and skeletal systems. The most common form of dizziness is caused by problems with the inner ear. Dizziness is not a disease itself and always has an underlying cause. Because dizziness and imbalance are associated with the inner ear, these conditions are commonly evaluated by audiologists and sometimes require additional medical consultation.
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If you find that you need to stop walking and hold onto something to regain your balance, you feel dizzy after standing up, or have periods of feeling faint for no apparent reason, it’s important to discover the cause.
Inner ear dizziness can be caused by a number of things, including a buildup of fluid or pressure against the balance nerve, found in the inner ear. If this is the type of dizziness that is occurring, hearing loss is often also present. Issues with blood circulation to the inner ear can also cause dizziness problems. Sometimes, balance issues also include symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears.
Inner ear dizziness can present in a number of different ways. Spinning or vertigo is common, but the sensation can be constant or intermittent, depending on the cause. Sudden movements or certain head positions can make dizziness suddenly worse. Nausea and vomiting can accompany issues with the inner ear, but if you are dizzy to the point that you lose consciousness, the cause is probably something else. In any case, make sure to seek the attention of a physician when you experience these symptoms.
Treatment of inner ear dizziness depends on the underlying cause of the issue, which can be anything from a bacterial infection to motion sickness to circulatory system problems. An audiologist can conduct hearing, balance, and other tests to assess the issue with your dizziness accordingly and/or provide appropriate medical referral.
Always remember that dizziness can be caused by a wide range of issues in any one of the three parts of the balance system; it may not be from the inner ear at all. Speak to an audiologist or physician as soon as possible to find the real cause and identify a proper course of treatment.
If you are experiencing dizziness, imbalance, or hearing loss, request an appointment with one of our doctoral-level audiologists who specialize in diagnosing dizziness and balance disorders to determine the cause.