The human ear is an incredibly complex machine. The ear controls our hearing and our balance, and issues within the ear can cause serious problems with both of these crucial functions. Many people who suffer from hearing loss also experience dizziness and vertigo, so Health and Hearing is taking a closer look at the connection between these ailments.
The Connection Between Our Ears and Dizziness
The part of the inner ear that is responsible for hearing is the cochlea. The cochlea lives within the same system as the organ that is responsible for our balance. Dizziness can occur from disturbances in the fluid within the inner ear. Physiological changes and pressure placed on the balance nerve can also cause dizziness.
Understanding Vertigo and Its Causes
Vertigo is the dizziness caused by inner ear conditions. You may recognise the symptoms as a spinning or whirling sensation that is accompanied by light-headedness. These feelings may be constant or come and go, and they tend to worsen from sudden movements of the head.
Some patients experience vomiting and nausea as a result of their vertigo; however, when the problem is caused by the inner ear, a sufferer is unlikely to lose consciousness from the dizziness.
Speak to Health and Hearing if you experience regular:
- Whirling or spinning
- Unsteadiness in your balance
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Loss of hearing
Treating Dizziness and Tinnitus
Many inner ear problems can cause gradual or sudden tinnitus where the patient experiences a constant ringing or whooshing sound in their ears. Treatments for tinnitus need to be tailored to the individual because the symptoms present differently in each person.
Diagnosing dizziness, vertigo and tinnitus as symptoms of an inner ear complication involves a physical examination and a hearing test where you will listen to specific noises in one ear at a time. After indicating when you can hear the sound, your results will be compared against what is considered normal for your age. This is important in ruling out hidden medical conditions as the cause.
The Benefits of Hearing Aids
A common cause of tinnitus, dizziness and vertigo is hearing loss. At Health and Hearing, we treat our patients by properly fitting hearing aids that are specifically tailored to their needs. Hearing aids work to reduce your symptoms and improve your hearing by taking away the strain you feel while listening to certain sounds.
To diagnose and treat your symptoms, book a hearing test with Health and Hearing at one of our locations around Brisbane. You can book a free consultation by calling (07) 3366 9355 or contacting us online.