Do I have a Vestibular Disorder?
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result, and are often associated with one or more of these symptoms, among others:
Vertigo: The sensation of the world spinning around you, not typically a feeling of spinning or whirling inside your head.
Dizziness: A feeling of lightheaded, rocking or floating. The sensation of being pulled in a specific direction
- Difficulty tracking objects with the eyes or focusing. Objects don’t remain stable when maintaining focus.
- Sensitivity to light, fluorescent lights may be especially troublesome
- Difficulty with crowded, stimulating environments such as a grocery store or restaurant
- Poor balance in dimly lit settings
- Significant changes in hearing, including sensitivity to loud noises
- A feeling of fullness, pressure or a “whooshing” sound in the ears
- Significant change in general balance including difficulty walking in a straight line, feeling like you are “drunk” or feeling like the ground is not stable below you
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may benefit from an evaluation by one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy.
There are many different vestibular disorders which BVC therapists are experts at treating but below are some of the most common disorders we see:
- Vestibular Hypofunction
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
- Meniere’s Disease
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Mal de Debarquement
- Perilymph Fistula
- Vestibular Migraine
- Cervicogenic Dizziness