Posts for tag: Dizziness
Are you feeling dizziness? Find out what might be going on.
While all of us may experience bouts of dizziness every once in a while, this issue can be unnerving if it happens regularly. From pregnancy to low blood pressure, there are many conditions and health problems that can cause dizziness or vertigo. From the office of our Austin, TX, audiologists Dr. Paige Peterson Dr. Taryn Shelton and vestibular physical therapist Dr. Collette Rhoden, find out more about why you’re feeling dizzy.
Is there a difference between dizziness and vertigo?
While some people may consider these two one in the same thing, it’s important to note that there is a slight difference between these two symptoms. If you find yourself feeling a little lightheaded or woozy then you are dealing with dizziness; however, if it feels like the room is spinning then you have vertigo.
What causes vertigo and dizziness?
Changes in the vestibular system, the part of the ear that is responsible for balance, can cause the spinning sensation characterized by vertigo. Common causes of vertigo and dizziness include:
- Inner ear infections
- Inflammation of the inner ear
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (a disease of the ear)
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
However, dizziness can result from:
- Standing up too fast
- Fasting or not eating enough
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Certain medications
- Low iron levels (anemia)
- Heart disorders
- Panic disorders
When should I visit an ENT specialist in Austin?
If you’ve visited a physician to talk about your dizziness or vertigo then chances are you were referred to an audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist to get a more specialized and definitive diagnosis. An ENT specialist has received extensive training to be able to provide you with the proper care you need to treat the root cause of your vertigo or dizziness. If you need an ENT, Dr. Mark Brown is available for consultation: http://www.greathillsent.com/mark-t-brown-md-facs.html.
You should visit an ENT doctor if:
- Your primary physician has not been able to diagnose the problem
- Your dizziness is due to an ear infection or ear disorder
- Your dizziness is accompanied by ringing in the ear, fullness or pressure in the ears, or ear pain
Is vertigo affecting you? Finding it difficult to get your balance? If so, call the specialists at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin today to schedule a consultation with us.
Diabetes mellitus affects millions of people in the United States, and its prevalence is continuing to rise. Neuropathy and retinopathy are two well-known complications from diabetes that can greatly impact balance and lead to an increased risk for falls due to damage to the visual and proprioceptive systems. However, recent research has identified an additional complication from diabetes- an impaired vestibular system.
According to an article by D’Silva et al., structural and physiological changes, as well as, clinical evidence of vestibular dysfunction have been identified in individuals with diabetes. According to the authors of this article, a “comprehensive evaluation of the vestibular system may be necessary in people who have diabetes and balance impairment.” They go on to suggest that “interventions that address all 3 sensory input systems (visual, vestibular, and somatosensory) may be essential for reducing the risk of falls.”
Source: D'silva, L. J., Lin, J., Staecker, H., Whitney, S. L., & Kluding, P. M. (2015). Impact of Diabetic Complications on Balance and Falls: Contribution of the Vestibular System. Physical Therapy, 96(3), 400-409. doi:10.2522/ptj.20140604
The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin specializes in hearing related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders. Currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders