Facts about Dizziness & Vertigo
Have you ever found yourself asking “Why am I dizzy?” Maybe you’ve experienced problems with your balance. You might be surprised to learn that occasional dizziness is actually very common in adults. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 4 in 10 people visit a doctor about symptoms of dizziness.
Vertigo, related to dizziness but more serious, makes you feel as though the room is spinning while you’re standing still. Like dizziness, this is likely to be more common than you realize. According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, almost 40% of adults over the age of 40 are affected by vertigo at least once in their lifetime.
The main difference between dizziness and vertigo are the symptoms. Vertigo can cause nausea and vomiting, and could be indicative of a serious balance disorder. Dizziness, or dizzy spells, will leave you feeling momentarily unbalanced. Dizziness may cause the sufferer to be debilitated, or it may simply be more of an annoyance.
With this in mind, we’re taking a closer look at the balance disorders that can cause dizziness or vertigo.
Common Balance Disorders
Balance disorders can be caused by a number of things, such as low blood pressure, a head injury, an ear infection, medication, arthritis and more. Here are some of the common causes for a balance disorder:
If you experience imbalance, dizziness, vertigo and associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, we recommend that you speak to your general health practitioner. They may decide to refer you to an ENT for further treatment.
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If your balance problems coincide with a change in your hearing, please book an appointment with the Hearing, Balance & Speech Center team. Contact us at Hearing, Balance, & Speech Center to speak with one of our hearing professionals. We are here to take care of all your listening needs.