Hearing Loss and Balance
Do you get dizzy and/or fall down a lot? Have you ever thought it might be related to your hearing? Though it is pretty common to experience a brief spell of dizziness, it is estimated that only about 40% of people seek medical help because of significant dizziness episodes. This balance loss could cause a spinning or floating sensation related to your inner ear. Hometown Hearing Centre in Ontario explains why your fall a lot might be related to your ears.
The Cause of Balance Disorders
Vertigo gives you a spinning, rotational sensation and is the imagination of the movement of surrounding objects or self. Disequilibrium is the imbalance, instability, or equilibrium loss usually associated with spatial disorientation. The disequilibrium feeling with a spinning sensation is associated with the inner ear though vertigo is often a result of inner ear disorders.
Ear Effect on Balance
Your inner ear comprises two regions: the vestibular system responsible for balance and the cochlea responsible for hearing. The vestibular system is composed of a looped tube network, three in every ear, referred to as the semicircular canals. The central area they loop off is the vestibule. Your vestibular system uses sensory cells, activated by moving your head, to detect movement and is sensitive to small head movements. The system sends the vestibular nerve signals, then joined to the cochlear nerve and carried to the brain.
Relation Between Hearing and Balance
Various factors may lead to hearing loss. Generally, hearing loss is taken to be part and parcel of the aging process and may develop independently or together with other body systems. It is also possible to have noise-induced hearing loss. On the other hand, balance disorders occur as a result of inner ear issues. Therefore, hearing loss and balance can be related or occur separately, depending on the hidden cause.
Diagnosis of Balance Disorders
Evaluation of balance disorders uses videonystagmography (VNG), audiology testing, and usually magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition, a unique eye movement type called nystagmus is examined using VNG. Nystagmus occurs as the brain tries to establish the body position on receiving conflicting information from the ears. It allows the examiner to identify the position at which you feel dizzy though it is not always position-related, and not all dizziness causes nystagmus.
Some disorders of the ear might lead to balance issues and hearing loss and the subsequent use of hearing aids. At Hometown Hearing Centre in Ontario, we have extensive clinical practices specializing in ear surgery and rectifying ear issues and inner ear disorders. So book your appointment now and avoid falling.