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Diagnosing Balance Disorders Improves Treatment Outcomes for Patients Experiencing Dizziness, Vertigo
Date:8/24/2014

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2014

Although almost everyone experiences dizziness at some point in their lives, the risk of developing debilitating balance problems increases as we get older. Vestibular (inner ear problems) are a frequent cause of balance issues that can leave a person feeling unsteady and unable to maintain balance. Fear of falling due to a nagging sense of dizziness, vertigo or general sense of loss of balance can be a serious concern for people over the age of 60 who are determined to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain independent. While many balance disorders start suddenly and with no apparent cause, some common sources of balance problems include:

  •     medications
  •     ear infections
  •     a head injury (a blow or whiplash)
  •     Migraines
  •     low blood pressure
  •     skeletal or visual systems (arthritis or eye muscle imbalance)

Where Balance and Hearing Come Into Play

There are three main aspects to the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. While all three are central to hearing only the inner ear is responsible for balance. The three important sections that make up the inner ear are:

  •     the cochlea, which is responsible for hearing
  •     the semicircular canals in the middle ear have function associated with balance
  •     the vestibule which connects the two and contains two more balance and equilibrium related structures; the s
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