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By Arizona ENT
August 14, 2018
Category: ENT Health
Tags: dizziness   vertigo  

Find out if those symptoms of vertigo could be due to problems with the ear.

 

There are many reasons why you may feel dizzy. Maybe you got up too quickly or you’ve been in a rush all day and realized you haven’t eaten. Of course, there are certain times when the dizziness or spinning you’re feeling is due to an issue within the vestibular system, the system within the ear that is responsible for spatial orientation and balance. Find out when you should turn to an otolaryngologist to treat your symptoms of vertigo.

In order to diagnose your dizziness, there are several diagnostic tests that may be conducted. Your ENT doctor will go through your medical history and then perform a physical examination. We will ask you questions regarding the symptoms you are experiencing and when you experience them. A hearing test is one of the most common procedures performed because it’s the best way to test your balance and the inner ear.

There are many problems that could be to blame for your dizziness including:

  • Problems or disorders within the inner ear
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Side effects of certain medication

Dizziness can be treatable, it’s just important to be able to determine the root cause so we know the best approach for treating your symptoms. So, when should you see an ear, nose and throat doctor regarding your dizziness? You should contact an ENT specialist if:

  • Your primary care doctor has not been able to determine the cause of your dizziness
  • You are experiencing hearing loss, hearing changes or ringing in the ears
  • There is pressure or fullness in the ear or ears

Common ENT causes of dizziness and vertigo include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): caused by the displacement of crystals within the inner eye
  • Meniere’s disease: an imbalance of fluid within the inner ear
  • Labyrinthitis: inflammation or infection with the inner ear (can cause hearing loss if left untreated)
  • Vestibular neuritis: a viral infection of the vestibular nerve

One of the first tests a doctor will perform is an eye movement test that will check for issues within the inner ear (vestibular system). From there, your doctor will create a treatment plan based on the cause. Common treatment options include:

  • Medication to reduce motion sickness and nausea from vertigo
  • Canalith repositioning procedure: a technique that helps reposition the crystals within the inner ears (for treating BPPV)
  • Migraine medications (to treat Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraines)
  • Rehabilitation and exercises to improve balance
  • Surgery (in rare cases)

If you’ve been dealing with severe or persistent dizziness then it’s time to contact an ENT doctor to find out what’s going on.

By Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians
December 15, 2014
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: ear   nose   throat   ent   hearing aids   hearing loss   balance   dizziness  
Hearing AidsWhen you experience hearing loss, the world feels like you are in a fishbowl. Your communication with others is affected, and this can impact your confidence and sense of well-being. One solution could be hearing aids, if your hearing loss is such that you could benefit reducing background noises that keep you from understanding other’s speech.
 
Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. Several options are available to you, each with its own positives and drawbacks. At our Sun City West hearing aids office, we are happy to assist you in selecting the best options for you.
 

Behind-the-Ear (BTE):

This hearing aid type has an earmold that fits inside the ear canal. Connected to this earmold is a rounded plastic piece that hooks over the ear. While these are more visible than in-the-ear hearing aids, they can amplify more sound than other hearing aid types. People of all ages with many different hearing loss types can utilize these hearing aids.
 

Extended Wear:

Extended wear hearing aids are not meant for removal on a daily basis. An audiologist places the hearing aid in the ear. After several months, they are replaced with a new pair.
 

In-the-Canal (ITC):

This hearing aid type is specifically molded to your ear canal. These are the smallest hearing aids available, and are only suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. Because they are very small, they utilize small batteries that can require frequent changing.
 

In-the-Ear (ITE):

In-the-ear hearing aids are slightly larger than ITC hearing aids and fits partially in the ear canal. The ITE hearing aids are also custom-made and their larger size may make them easier to handle.
 

Middle Ear Implants:

This hearing aid type has two parts: an inner implant that vibrates inside the inner ear and an external portion or receiver.
 

Receiver-in-Canal:

This hearing aid type has a receiver inside the ear canal and have thin electrical wires that loop around the ear for a more streamlined appearance. They are similar to BTE hearing aids.
 

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