It has been estimated that approximately half of all people living in the United States will be affected by vestibular problems (balance 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 and easily treated.
When determining how to treat your dizziness, the first challenge is to identify the primary cause. Often, dizziness is caused by a vestibular disorder or problems in the inner ear, which controls an individual’s sense of balance. Sometimes, underlying causes can be attributed to the central nervous system, or 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 treatments and management strategies are available for problems of the equilibrium system. These treatments address such issues as vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness, and balance problems. All forms of treatment should be preceded by a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis; this ensures that the specific treatment chosen is appropriate for you.
By evaluating and properly treating inner-ear disorders, dizziness and imbalance can often be improved.
Danielle Dorner, Au.D., FAAA, Vestibular Audiologist, sees patients at our Overland Park, and Northland clinics. She provides comprehensive treatment for our patients experiencing dizziness and imbalance problems.