Balance Tests & Treatment
Having Issues With Balance Or Dizziness? Your Ears Could Be The Cause.
Audiologists are almost always the first place to go when you are feeling dizzy, because most often, dizziness starts with your ears.
Live Better Hearing + Balance is an American Institute of Balance Certified Center of Specialty Care. This means we use advanced clinical protocols with the most up-to-date technology to provide the most sophisticated level of care in the field of vestibular science. In other words, we know how to help!
Dizziness can be a frustrating problem. When you come to our clinic our highly trained doctors of audiology will do a thorough evaluation to help pinpoint what is causing the problem. Several different conditions can cause dizziness. The first step in assessing dizziness is to fully understand the patient’s medical history. So we will ask you some questions and then get into the testing.
Questions the Audiologist Will Ask
The audiologist will take a full case history to understand when the dizziness occurs, how long it occurs, and if there are any triggers that precipitate the feeling of it.
Other important considerations include if the patient has had any neurologic, orthopedic, cardiovascular, respiratory, vision, or other health conditions. Medications are also an important factor when evaluating the problem since medicines can either cause dizziness or temporarily suppress it, masking the underlying symptom.
Our clinicians will ask the patient about a family history of motion sickness, migraines, and exposure to chemicals. The clinician will also want to know if the dizziness is constant or if it is sporadic. Does the dizziness relate to the patient’s body position? For example, if the patient tilts his/her head backward or forward does that cause the dizziness to start? Other considerations include if the patient has difficulty hearing or if there are any noises in the ears (tinnitus) or sudden hearing changes. Even a stuffy nose could potentially be a cause for consideration.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of dizziness. This condition happens when small crystals in the inner ear become dislodged. Our audiologists can fix this through a noninvasive procedure called the Epley maneuver. Other common causes of dizziness include Meniere’s disease, which is often responsible for severe episodes of vertigo that last for several hours, vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, which are usually viral infections of the inner ear and can cause sudden or prolonged vertigo hearing loss and tinnitus. Even conditions like arteriosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries can cause dizziness because it can create high blood pressure and reduce blood flow to the brain. These are just a few of the many conditions that we evaluate for at our clinics.
What We Do To Help
Our audiologists offer safe and comfortable balance evaluations. If you feel woozy, imbalanced, or the sensation of spinning, our audiologists will do special hearing tests and eye-movement tests to evaluate your inner ear function as well as your central nervous system function.
Our clinicians care about improving the lives and well-being of our patients. That’s why we provide the gold standard in balance testing. We partner with top specialists in otology, neurotology, physical therapy, psychology, and other related fields to get the best possible outcomes for every patient.