Dizziness, Vertigo and How Your Ears Keep You Balanced
The ears play a large role in the balance system. If the function of your ears has been disrupted, you may feel dizzy, or the sensation of vertigo. There's fluid in the inner ear that is influenced by gravity, that flows over tiny hairs that send signals to the brain to let it know how the body is moving. The signals the brain receives affects the way the eyes move and focus, depending on the position of your head. To follow is a look into dizziness and vertigo.
Trauma or infection can disrupt the workings of the inner ear, which triggers abnormalities in the balance system. Often patients experience symptoms classified as dizziness. The term dizziness does not have a medical definition, and is experienced differently by those afflicted. Typical symptoms experienced by someone with dizziness are a sudden drop in blood pressure than may feel as though the person may pass out, or a vertigo sensation where the room appears to be and feels like it is spinning. Dizzy patients may lose their balance, which is dangerous for the elderly who are already prone to falls.
Dizziness can be temporary, or may last for several days or weeks. If dizziness persists, it may be an indication of a more serious problem, which may be causing vertigo. Those who are dizzy for extended periods of time should consult an otolaryngologist to rule out a more serious condition.
The vestibular system (the parts of the ear that make up the balance system) may be disrupted by varying causes resulting in vertigo. There are many types of vertigo, including Benign paraoxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labrynthitis, Meniere's disease, migraines and acoustic neuroma. Much like dizziness, vertigo can come on suddenly and then go away, or it may last for several weeks. Vertigo is often associated with tinnitus, or ringing in the ear. There are multiply tests an otolaryngologist can perform to determine the direct cause of a patient's vertigo, which will determine the correct course of treatment. Vertigo is not a permanent condition.
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