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Do you feel like the world around you is constantly spinning? Do you feel dizzy and nauseous when you roll over in bed? Are you having difficulty walking because you just can’t seem to catch your balance, especially in the dark? You may be suffering with a balance disorder.
A balance or vestibular disorder is a condition that makes you feel unbalanced or dizzy. You may feel like the room is spinning and become quite nauseous. Or you may have a painful migraine that causes you to become extremely dizzy at onset. These are all conditions that result from balance disorders. If you are experiencing any of these, you should seek treatment right away.
Your vestibular system consists of several structures. The primary structures are the semicircular canals, utricle and saccule. Your semicircular canals help with head rotations. Your utricle helps with horizontal head movements and your saccule helps with vertical head movements.
Types of Balance Disorders
There are multiple causes of balance disorders including hearing loss, a viral infection, head injury, anxiety, depression, aging, and medical conditions. Balance problems and dizziness may also be a side effect of medications. It is important to consult with your primary care physician to see if your medications can possibly be causing your dizziness.
Diagnosing a Balance Disorder
Balance disorders may be difficult to diagnose and therefore require a series of tests. Our expert team of audiologists is trained to provide you with the right tests to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition. This series of tests may include a hearing test, bithermal caloric irrigations, rotary chair, electronystagmography, and postuography.
A basic assessment of your hearing is performed to see if your balance disorder may be a result of hearing loss. Since your balance system consists of your hearing, skeletal, and visual systems, it is important to thoroughly test each system to find the root cause of your condition.
Bithermal Caloric Irrigations
This test assesses your semicircular canals. Your audiologist will run warm and cold water into your ears separately. The warm and cold water stimulates your vestibular system, causing rapid eye movement or nystagmus. The results of this test will give your audiologist a better idea of what is causing your dizziness.
The rotary chair test assesses both your vestibular system and visual system. During this test your audiologist will have you sit in a chair that will move when instructed. Your audiologist will instruct you to perform tasks such as counting the lines or telling a story about your favorite adventure. This test will provide your audiologist with pertinent information about what could be causing your dizziness.
This test measures your eye movements. During this test your audiologist will instruct you to put on a pair of funny looking goggles. Your audiologist will be able to record your eye movements on the computer.
This test measures how your body responds to motion. During this test your audiologist will strap you into a harness and instruct you to perform several tasks. You may perform these with your eyes open or closed. Your audiologist will guide you every step of the way.
Balance Disorders can drastically impact your life. Our expert balance team at is here to help you with your condition. Call us now to schedule your balance test ! We’ll stop the spinning and help you to return back to your normal life.