Posts for tag: dizziness

By Arizona ENT
April 08, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: dizziness   vertigo  
Vertigo and DizzinessAs kids, most of us loved putting out our arms and spinning and spinning until we fell dizzy. Of course, experiencing a spinning world around us when we are planted firmly on earth or aren’t on an amusement park ride, can feel incredibly scary. Welcome to the world of those with vertigo. Vertigo is a condition that makes you feel off-balance, lightheaded, and perhaps a bit disoriented. If this is happening to you here’s what you should know.

Vertigo and dizziness are different

Vertigo makes you feel as if you are moving even though you are standing still. The room around you may spin. You may feel nauseous, or you may even vomit if the vertigo is severe. Dizziness, on the other hand, occurs when you simply feel off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo truly makes you feel as if you are spinning.

Vertigo is typically the result of a health problem

Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that impacts the function of the inner ear. How do we know that? Within our inner ears lie our vestibular system, which helps us stay oriented and balanced. Every day, an ENT doctor diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions and diseases that impact the vestibular system and cause vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include,
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Colds
Vertigo may be acute and simply go away on its own, while other causes will require treatment from an ear, nose, and throat doctor. If your vertigo is severe, is persistent, or is accompanied by hearing loss or vision changes, you must see your doctor immediately.

There are many ways to treat vertigo

It’s important for an ENT doctor to first determine the cause of your vertigo before prescribing any medications or treatments. We need to treat the underlying cause effectively to get rid of your vertigo. Some of how we may treat your vertigo include,
  • Medications: Antibiotics or steroids are prescribed to treat infections or inflammation, while other medications may help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by the vertigo
  • Vestibular rehabilitation: If you deal with chronic or recurring bouts of vertigo your ENT may recommend vestibular rehab to help retrain the vestibular system to be able to better recognize the spatial orientation
  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers: This technique is most often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and uses certain head movements to reposition calcium deposits within the canal of the inner ear
If vertigo or dizziness is happening to you or a loved one, an ENT doctor may be the perfect doctor to turn to for answers and an evaluation. Don’t ignore your symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. An ENT professional can help.
By Arizona ENT
January 31, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: dizziness  

It’s normal to experience bouts of dizziness if we are stressed, taking certain medications or haven’t eaten in a while; however, what might be going on if your dizziness persists? Dizziness isn’t an uncommon symptom. In fact, most people will experience dizziness that is serious enough to warrant seeing a doctor. While you may visit a family physician to find out what’s going on, don’t be surprised if you end up being referred to an ear, nose & throat doctor.

What causes dizziness?

Dizziness refers to a serious of sensations that make you feel lightheaded, off balance, unsteady or feeling like the world around you is spinning (vertigo). Sometimes dizziness may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, particularly during more severe episodes. These symptoms can be unnerving but an otolaryngologist can often help.

The most common causes of dizziness that we see include:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This problem affects the inner ear and can lead to persistent episodes of vertigo. Symptoms usually last no more than a minute and will typically come and go. Unfortunately, there often is no cause of BPPV; however, sometimes migraines or inner ear damage may be to blame. Sometimes this condition will go away on its own but an ENT doctor can also provide you with treatment options such as physical therapy that can get rid of symptoms sooner.

Vestibular neuronitis: Inflammation of the eight cranial nerve, known as the vestibular nerve, results in severe vertigo episodes that may cause you to lose balance. This condition can also cause nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually last anywhere from 7 to 10 days and become milder over the course of several months. A viral or bacterial infection is usually to blame for inflammation of the vestibular nerve.

There are certain medications that can be prescribed by an ENT specialist to help lessen the severity and duration of your symptoms. Sometimes a special type of physical therapy is performed to treat this condition.

Labyrinthitis: This inner ear disorder occurs when one of the two vestibular nerves becomes inflamed. Along with dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and nausea you may also lose hearing in one ear. Any changes to your hearing warrant immediate medical attention. Viral, respiratory, and bacterial infections can all cause this disorder.

Medications such as corticosteroids, sedatives and antihistamines may be prescribed to help with your symptoms. Just like with vestibular neuronitis, a type of physical therapy known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) may also be recommended.

Meniere disease: This progressive inner ear condition also causes similar symptoms to labyrinthitis including tinnitus, hearing loss, pressure in the ears, and dizziness. Symptoms will gradually get worse over time, and these attacks may also cause a rapid pulse, blurry vision and anxiety.

While there is no cure, there are treatment options that can effectively manage your dizziness and also reduce fluid in the ear. Medications such as steroids, motion sickness medicines, and diuretics are often used, as well as rehabilitation, therapy, hearing aids, and sometimes surgery.

If you are dealing with dizziness or any other warning signs of an ear problem it’s a good time to turn to an ENT doctor who can help you find the right treatment to get you back on two steady feet again.

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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