What is a Balance Disorder?
Dizziness, lightheadedness and vertigo are some of the most common health problems experienced by adults. At Attune Hearing, we understand the impact that these conditions can have on your quality of life, but there is help available.
Do I need a test for Balance, Dizzy or Vertigo Disorder?
Dizziness, imbalance, spinning and vertigo are common and assessing if you should be investigated and how is determined by frequency, severity and medical history. Balance is co-ordinated by the brain with major inputs from the ears and eyes. Upsets in these areas can result in balance symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the above, it’s vital you see your GP and request a comprehensive diagnostic balance and hearing test as hearing and balance are closely linked.
What are the symptoms of a Balance Disorder?
- a spinning or moving sensation in the head (vertigo)
- a loss of balance
- visual symptoms
- neck symptoms
- ear symptoms
What is a Balance Test?
Your sense of physical balance or equilibrium, relies on a series of signals that pass from the ear, along the cranial nerve (or vestibular nerve), to the brain. Changes in body position disturb fluid in the ear and balance
system and send messages via the vestibular nerve to the brainstem and the balance centres of the brain. This series of cues enables your muscles and eyes to respond almost instantly to changes in position. If you have a problem affecting any part of this system it can lead to dizziness, vertigo and other balance disorders.
Attune Hearing’s university qualified audiologists use the most advanced diagnostic equipment available and have been trained by industry leaders to identify, diagnose and manage a wide range of balance disorders.
What is the Treatment Plan?
Your audiologist will gain a holistic understanding of your balance issues and perform a diagnostic balance assessment.
Based on the results of your balance assessment, your audiologist will diagnose you and ensure you understand your issues with balance.
Your audiologist will work with you to formulate a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle.
If you have any of the above symptoms and feel like you could be suffering from a balance disorder, please consult your GP for a referral to have a comprehensive hearing and balance test.