Lightheaded? Woozy? Imbalanced? Spinning? If you are have used any of these words to describe how you are feeling, you are most likely experiencing dizziness. There are many causes of dizziness, which may include inner ear problems. When you have an inner ear disorder, the signals sent to your brain are not consistent with what your eyes and sensory nerves are receiving, resulting in vertigo.
Here are some possible causes of your dizziness:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Triggered by certain changes in head position, BPPV can cause severe false sensations of spinning or moving.
If your vestibular nerve becomes infected, you may experience intense, nonstop vertigo. Paired with sudden hearing loss, you may actually have labyrinthitis.
When fluid pressure builds up in your inner ear, you may experience unexpected episodes of vertigo that can last for minutes up to a few hours. You may also have some hearing loss and ringing in your ear.
If you have an intense headache, you can become extremely sensitive to light and noise, causing episodes of vertigo and dizziness.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with an Ocean ENT physician as soon as possible. Walking, driving and taking on your daily routine can be very dangerous if you are experiencing dizziness. Our Ocean ENT physicians will help diagnose the cause of your dizziness and decide whether or not treatment is necessary.