Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Balance

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Hearing loss in of itself does not cause balance disorders, but an inner ear problem can be responsible for balance issue. A hearing loss may be a sign of an underlying condition which is also impairing your balance. Balance disorders can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain.

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A balance disorder is a disturbance (in vestibular system) that causes one to feel unsteady when standing or walking and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, spinning or floating sensation, blurred vision, anxiety, vertigo, disorientation, giddiness, and confusion.

Due to these symptoms you may stop moving in ways that make them worse. Thereby stopping certain movements your recovery can take longer. You might also experience stiffness in various muscles, headaches and fatigue because you have stopped moving naturally. 

The vestibular system is the sensory system responsible for providing our brain with information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation and is involved with motor functions that allow us to keep our balance, stabilize our head and body during movement, and maintain posture.

Common balance disorders include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, and Meniere’s disease.

Having a balance disorder and/or hearing loss can severely affect one’s daily activities, causing various psychological, emotional problems, not to mention create situations that put you in harm’s way. Therefore, it is important to get the right diagnosis and treatment from an experienced doctor.

Schedule an appointment today with the specialists at Cedar Crest Ear, Nose, and Throat!

Read: Hearing Deficit Help: How to Convince a Spouse or Parent to Get Their Hearing Tested

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