What Causes Dizziness or Vertigo?

Dizziness and or balance disorders can manifest themselves in many ways. Some people experience a spinning sensation, others feel the room is spinning. Some people complain of dizziness when they change positions, such as going from sitting to standing or from bending over to straightening up. More often we hear “I just don’t have the balance that I did when I was younger!” 

There are many potential causes of dizziness such as changes in blood pressure, migraines, neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, viruses, Meniere’s disease, and even a stroke. Some medications can cause dizziness.  

Some of the tests that may be performed if you seek answers for your balance issues are a hearing evaluation, videonystagmography (VNG), rotary chair, vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP), and computerized dynamic posturography (CDP). There are also blood tests that can be performed to look for viral infections such as Herpes Zoster Oticus that can be treated with antiviral medication. 

Sometimes physical therapy can help improve balance. Sometimes medication can help. The most important thing is to see your physician and discuss the issues. The next step would be to see an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation. The organ of hearing and the organ of balance both live in the same area of the head and the same fluid surrounds them both. Sometimes what affects one can affect the other as well.  

Call Gardner Audiology today to schedule an appointment at one of our ten locations. 1-800-277-1182. 

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