Vestibular Disorders 2
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Millions of Americans are affected by dizziness and in some cases, the cause is difficult to diagnose. In today’s 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the more common causes of dizziness and treatment options.

Diagnosis of a balance disorder can be complicated.   There are many kinds of balance disorders and other medical conditions--including ear infections, blood pressure changes and vision problems--that contribute to a person’s dizziness.

Some of the more common balance disorders are:

Labyrinthitis--an infection or inflammation of the inner ear.

Ménière's disease--an inner ear fluid balance disorder that causes episodes of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, ringing and the sensation of fullness in the ear.

Vestibular neuritis--an infection of the vestibular nerve, generally viral.

Perilymph fistula--a leakage of inner ear fluid to the middle ear. It can occur after a head injury or physical exertion.

There are various options for treating balance disorders. Individual treatment will vary depending on symptoms, medical history and general health. Treatment may include vestibular rehabilitation or balance retraining exercises. The exercises include movements of the head and body specifically developed for the patient. If you are experiencing balance problems, you should report this to your physician immediately.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.