Are you Dizzy? Do you feel unsteady?
Vestibular Medicine Specialty is the branch of Medicine that diagnose and treat diseases
and disorders of the vestibular sense
Your balance system helps you stand, walk, run, and move without falling. Your eyes, inner ear, and muscles and joints send signals to your brain. These signals help you stay balanced. This system of signals is your vestibular system.
Dizziness, vertigo, and disequilibrium are common symptoms reported by patients during visits to their doctors. Although these three symptoms can be linked by a common cause, they have different meanings, and describing them accurately can lead us to a successful diagnosis and treatment.
Dizziness: is a sensation of lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness.
Vertigo: is the perception of movement, either of the self or surrounding objects. So, it has a rotational or spinning component.
Disequilibrium: simply means unsteadiness, imbalance, or loss of equilibrium that is often accompanied by spatial disorientation.
Our Specialist in hearLIFE Clinic will help you to describe your complaint accurately.
Attacks of vertigo can develop suddenly and last for a few seconds, or they may last much longer. If you have severe vertigo, your symptoms may be constant and last for several days, making normal life very difficult.
Common causes of vestibular symptoms include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a condition resulting from loose crystals (otoconia) that collect within a part of the inner ear.
- Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are inflammations caused by a viral infection that can result in damage to hearing and/or vestibular function.
- Meniere’s disease that involves abnormalities in one of the fluids within the inner ear.
- Migraine associated vertigo (MAV) head pain with vestibular symptoms such as dizziness, motion intolerance, vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound, tinnitus, imbalance, and spatial disorientation.
- Ototoxicity is caused by exposure to certain drugs or chemicals that damage the nerve cells (in the inner ear)
- Vascular compression of the vestibular nerve is an irritation of part of the nerve by a blood vessel.
Non-Vestibular causes of dizziness
Dizziness also can be linked to a wide array of problems away from the inner ear.
Diagnosis & Management of Vertigo
Dizziness disorders are becoming recognized because of their impacts on patient’s daily live, activity and productivity. So, we see new diagnostic tools and more accessible treatments, and a growing respect for how life-changing dizziness disorders can be.
Patients with dizziness must be assessed by the specialist. Medical history, physical and clinical examination and investigations can diagnose the cause of vertigo.
Video-Nystagmography (VNG) Test
- Videonystagmography (VNG) is a technology for testing the function of the inner ear and higher centers.
- VNG testing is accurate, consistent, and comfortable for the patient.
- This noninvasive test takes about 60 minutes.
Treatment of Dizziness (Medications, Therapy and Others)
If you seek treatment, our specialist will base it on the cause of your condition and symptoms. It may include special maneuvers, balance exercises and Medications.
Rehabilitation may be needed as a complementary or alternative way of management.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT): It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. Even in the most challenging cases like complete vestibular function loss, improvement is reported after VRT.
In HLC, customized program is designed by our specialist for every patient according to his diagnosis and needs.