Dizziness and Balance Basics

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Our balance system is something most of us take for granted as long as we can walk, run or move without falling. Balance is controlled through signals to the brain from your eyes, the inner ear (vestibular system) and the sensory systems of the body, such as muscles, skin and joints. If any one of these systems fails to work … Read More

Hearing Loss is Associated with Increased Fall Risk

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Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. There are many contributors to falls. Individuals may not be able to see well or their reflexes might not be as sharp as they once … Read More

Take Precautions to Prevent Slips and Falls this Winter

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In the United States, about one in four adults (30%) age 65 and older, report falling each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  This results in about 30 million falls each year. While not all falls result in an injury, about 38% of those who fall reported an injury that required medical treatment or restricted their activity for … Read More

Recognizing Balance Awareness Week

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Balance Awareness Week is Sept. 15–21, 2019, an observance designated by the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) which aims to increase awareness about vestibular disorders and support patients in their journey back to balance.  The vestibular system includes the inner ear, which houses the organ of balance, and the brain. These organs work together to control/coordinate balance and eye movements. Damage … Read More

Don’t be Dizzy! The Most Common Causes of BPPV

Dizziness is a common cause of BPPV

Feelings of dizziness can mean many things and are often linked to problems affecting the equilibrium system. A few symptoms of dizziness and imbalance include experiencing blurry vision or spinning (vertigo), weakness and general unsteadiness, and feeling lightheaded or faint.  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo. In fact, this condition will affect approximately … Read More

Who Should I See for Dizziness and Balance Problems?

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, 80 percent of people 65 years old and older have experienced dizziness. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, the most common vestibular disorder, is the cause of approximately 50 percent of dizziness in older people. Overall, vertigo from a vestibular problem accounts for one-third of all dizziness and vertigo symptoms reported to health care … Read More

Balance disorders and hearing

The balance system is made up of what your muscles and joints feel, what you see, and what you pick up by the balance part of the inner ear. Balance disorders disturb the balance system, which can cause unsteadiness, and dizziness and vertigo, as well as hearing problems.