If you’ve ever felt dizzy or woozy, you may be surprised to know that such an issue is related to your ears. Sound has a very significant effect on our brain’s interpretation of the world around us, and when it is disturbed or otherwise distorted, it can cause serious problems. It’s just one more reason you should be particularly aware of your hearing health! Are you curious about how balance is affected by your ears? Read on for answers!
How does balance work?
Our vestibular system is what regulates balance, which works with our visual system to ensure objects stay in focus as our heads move. The vestibule, located within the inner ear, includes something called the labyrinth. Essentially, the labyrinth works within the vestibular system to regulate fluids that tell us if we’re moving. When there is some kind of disturbance with any part of this system, it can cause us to feel off-balance. And that can lead to nausea, lightheadedness, blurry vision, or disorientation.
What causes balance issues?
You may often hear balance issues referred to as “vertigo”. Issues such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, are common problems wherein simple movements cause senses of dizziness, such as getting up too fast or spinning. There are also issues like labyrinthitis, which is an infection of the labyrinth that causes dizziness. Meniere’s Disease is an issue wherein the fluid in your inner ear is off-balance, and this can also cause other hearing problems. Anxiety disorders can also spark balance issues, as the brain overworks itself and causes the vestibular system to get out of balance.
How are they treated?
Usually, balance issues are related to some other type of condition or illness. So, they are treated when the other condition is. Frequently, balance issues are diagnosed when the other illness is, due to the specificity of symptoms.
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