The Hearing Center

THE BALANCE CENTER

At The Balance Center, our providers give comprehensive care for patients who suffer from dizziness and imbalance. The certified, licensed audiologists at The Balance Center are specialized in extensive vestibular testing to help with diagnosis and treatment plans for patients. Since we are backed by the physicians and surgeons of Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, P.C., we can treat more advanced ear disorders to care for the entire vestibular system.

DIZZINESS AND IMBALANCE

Dizziness or imbalance are common and can affect people of all ages. It is the reason for many emergency room (ER) visits and further visits to your primary care provider. Symptoms of dizziness can be described as a room-spinning sensation, lightheaded feeling, disorientation, tilting/rocking sensation or general imbalance while walking. Issues within the vestibular system can cause these symptoms. The vestibular system is made up of tiny canals in the inner ear and is responsible for receiving information about motion, balance and spatial orientation.

Causes of Dizziness

There are many possible causes of dizziness including migraines, low blood pressure, anemia, dehydration, heat-related disorders, endocrine system disorders (e.g., diabetes, thyroid disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, viral and bacterial infections, head trauma, hyperventilation, neurological disorders and certain medications.

DIAGNOSTIC BALANCE TESTING

With such a wide range of hearing and balance disorders, many of which have similar symptoms, it’s important for an audiologist to make an accurate diagnosis in order to come up with a successful treatment plan. Diagnostic testing plays an important role in determining the condition responsible for a patient’s suffering.

Types of Diagnostic Tests

  • Posturography
  • Videonystagmography
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) Testing
  • Rotary Chair (RC)

MENIERE'S DISEASE

Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that causes fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo and fullness or pressure in the ear. It is the result of excess fluid in the inner ear. There is no cure for Ménière’s disease, but various strategies can help you manage your symptoms.

Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

Warning signs include loss of balance, dizziness, headache, increased hearing loss and/or tinnitus, sensitivity to noises, and pressure in the ear. During the attack, you may experience episodes of severe vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, fullness in the ear, and tinnitus.

VERTIGO

Vertigo is a form of dizziness characterized by the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning, despite the lack of any actual movement. This sensation is brought on by disturbances in the inner ear or the brain.

Vertigo Treatments

Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of vertigo. Some forms disappear without treatment. The most common type, BPPV, responds well to head maneuvers, while other types are successfully treated with medication. When the condition persists, physical therapy can help.

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