The are many ways in which people describe dizziness; from an unsteadiness to lightheadedness, to the entire room spinning. In the more extreme cases of a “room spinning” sensation, also known as vertigo, the cause could potentially be related to something wrong in your inner ears.
The vestibular, or balance system, is housed in the inner ear in the same area that helps us hear. The vestibular system consists of different semicircular canals and organs which all work together to monitor head movements and body position. Within these organs are small crystals which help those organs understand where our head is in space. Sometimes these crystals can become dislodged and travel into the semicircular canals which confuses the balance system and results in extreme dizziness, or vertigo.
Gardner audiologists can perform a series of tests called Videonystagmography (VNG) which track your eye movements to determine if and where crystals are dislodged, as well as recommend a proper course of treatment. As not all dizziness is caused by dislodged crystals, your audiologist can also help to determine if your dizziness or balance issues are related to your inner ear, or some other part of the body, and recommend appropriate follow up options.
At Gardner Audiology in Citrus Park, our Doctors of Audiology have the equipment and skill to perform VNG testing and help you determine the best course of action to assist with your dizziness. If you are suffering from dizziness, always start by speaking with your Primary Care Physician. If they refer you for VNG testing, the knowledgeable staff at Gardner Audiology is available to answer any questions you may have and assist with scheduling your appointment. Please call Gardner Audiology in Citrus Park, Tampa at 813-265-2255.