Dizziness and Imbalance Management
It has been estimated that approximately half of all people living in the United States will be affected by inner ear balance disorders (vestibular problems) at some point during their lives. While vestibular problems tend to occur later in life, they can certainly affect individuals of any age, including children and infants. Vestibular disorders can be caused by certain syndromes, disease, trauma, or toxins. Fortunately, most causes of dizziness are easily identified, easily managed, and often treated.
When determining how to manage your dizziness, the first challenge is to identify the primary cause. Often, dizziness is caused by a vestibular disorder, which controls an individual’s sense of balance. Sometimes, underlying causes can be attributed to the central nervous system, bacterial or viral infections. Dizziness can also be a symptom of high blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems.
A number of well-researched, successful, and widely used management strategies are available for problems of the equilibrium system. These strategies address such issues as vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness, and balance problems. All forms of management should be preceded by a comprehensive evaluation; this ensures that the specific strategy chosen is appropriate for you.
By evaluating and properly managing inner-ear disorders, dizziness and imbalance can often be improved or resolved.
Danielle Dorner, Au.D., Vestibular Audiologist, sees patients at our Overland Park, and Northland clinics. She provides comprehensive care for our patients experiencing dizziness, vertigo and imbalance problems.