Hearing isn’t the ears only purpose, it also plays a crucial role in balance. Mechanisms in the ear keep the brain informed about your orientation in space and your movement. When these signals become blocked you may suffer from vertigo and feel dizzy, faint, woozy, or unsteady. Some other symptoms that occur with dizziness are:
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Ear pain
- Facial numbness
- Eye pain
- Motion sickness
Dizziness can also point to other serious medical issues like, high or low blood pressure, heart problems, tumor, stroke, and metabolic disorders. If you experience prolonged or repetitive dizziness you should seek medical attention.
Causes of Dizziness
- Acoustic Neuroma - a benign growth on the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - tiny calcium crystals in the ear loosen and move around in the wrong part of the ear. Symptoms include short bursts of dizziness that occur with head movement. It usually resolves itself in a few days
- Ear Infection - inflammation in the inner ear may result in dizziness
- Meniere’s Disease - when you experience long periods of dizziness that last from 30 to 60 minutes or more. Other symptoms include ringing in the ear, hearing loss, and feeling like your ear is full. There are no known causes but medication and lifestyle changes can help reduce the symptoms.
- Migraines - migraines can cause a feeling of imbalance and vertigo
If you are dealing with chronic dizziness it could mean something is going on and you should see an ENT specialist.
Dr. Driskill can work with you to determine the cause of your dizziness and develop a treatment plan that is unique to you.Schedule today!