Balance Disorder

Balance disorders affect 4 out of 10 people at some point in life. They are often caused by inner ear issues, health conditions, or medications. Symptoms of balance disorders can include dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, blurred vision or nausea.

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Hearing Loss

Nerve or inner ear damage often results in hearing loss. This damage is frequently the result of aging or overexposure to loud noises. However, it can also occur suddenly from acute injuries. While hearing loss cannot be reversed, there are many steps your doctor can take to improve hearing quality and the ability to effectively communicate.

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Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis, or inflammation of the inner ear, is typically brought on from an infection. Like other ear problems, symptoms include dizziness, hearing loss and vertigo. It is important to see a doctor to properly diagnose this issue as it can be easily confused with other ear issues. Medications can help manage symptoms and keep you comfortable, until labyrinthitis eventually subsides on its own. 

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Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS)

Mal de debarquement syndrome is the illusion of movement after movement has stopped. It is caused by exposure and then removal of movement. Many people deal with MdDS after air or sea travel. Symptoms include rocking, swaying and loss of balance, and symptoms usually intensify when lying down or under stress. Typically, Mal de debarquement resolves itself within 24 hours. However for some patients, it can last for months or years.

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Meniere's Disease

Hearing loss, vertigo, ringing in the ear, imbalance, rapid involuntary eye movement and ear pressure can all be signs of Meniere’s disease. While Meniere’s disease typically starts in one ear, it can later encompass both. Managing Meniere’s disease is important, as it can progress to cause hearing loss. While there is currently no cure for Meniere’s disease, medication, therapy and lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms.

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Perilymph Fistula (PLF)

Perilymph fistula is a small membrane tear between the middle and inner ear that causes inner ear fluid to leak into the middle ear. People with PLF often feel pain during changes in air pressure, intense activity, sneezing, coughing or nose-blowing. The most common cause of PLF is head trauma. Because PLF symptoms are often confused with Meniere’s disease, it is very important to see a doctor for diagnosis.

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Positional Vertigo

People suffering from positional vertigo often experience loss of balance, nausea, spinning sensations, lightheadedness, motion sickness and rapid involuntary eye movement. This is treatable by a medical professional, and it can often be cured within a few weeks. The most common cure is to intentionally shift the head into four different positions to move particles in the ear.

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus or ringing in the ear affects around 20% of the population. There are two types of tinnitus – subjective and objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is caused by problems with the auditory nerves or pathways, and only the patient can hear the ringing. Objective tinnitus is caused by a blood vessel problem, a muscle contraction, or a middle ear bone condition and the ringing can be heard by the patient and the doctor during examination. Treatment of tinnitus will differ by type and cause of the condition, so visiting your doctor for a customized treatment plan is the best option.

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Vestibular Neuronitis

Vestibular neuronitis is a condition that affects the nerve of the inner ear, preventing it from properly sending head position information to the brain. This disruption causes severe vertigo, dizziness, trouble concentrating, balance issues and nausea. Symptoms are very severe during the first few days but often are gone within three weeks.

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