The body is made up of an amazing set of systems working together to interpret and interact with the world. There are many seemingly simple everyday processes that are the result of millions of interlocking reactions in the body and brain. When one of these is interrupted, such as our balance, you can experience immediate and sudden debilitation.
How does balance work?
Balance involves sensory inputs transmitted to your brain. Some of these come from your eyes and muscular system but a large portion come from your ears.
We each have a pool of fluid inside one of the parts of our hearing system called the cochlea. Movement of this liquid is detected by sensory hairs inside the cochlea and this information is passed to the brain.
Imagine you have liquid in a glass. If that liquid is level, you know that glass is still and steady. If anything shakes it about, you can see disruption on the surface of the water and you know that the glass is moving. These are the kinds of readings that your ears take based on the fluid within the cochlea. Using this information, your brain can tell what is happening to your body and where it is in space i.e. how balanced you are.
What causes dizziness?
There are many different causes for dizziness. It is a symptom of various health issues, most of which are not serious. It disrupts the senses in some way and typically affects the eyes and ears.
If anything, such as an infection, blockage, or pressure problem, is affecting the fluid in the inner ear, it can manifest as dizziness.
Putting it all together
When you put imbalance and dizziness together, it can cause moments of strong disorientation and concern. If it happens regularly and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as blurred vision, nausea, fainting, or tinnitus, you need to seek medical advice as soon as possible. A doctor can help you to rule out any serious causes and may be able to reassure you that it is down to a hearing issue.
Once you have had confirmation that any dizziness and imbalance is related to your ears, that’s when you can come and see us at Life Long Hearing. All you need to do is click here to book an appointment with us and we will see you as soon as possible for a full hearing assessment.
We understand how disruptive something like dizziness can be and will talk you through the various effects that it has on your lifestyle. We can identify any problems with the hearing system, localize them, and recommend treatments to improve your symptoms.
Dr. Hadassah Kupfer is a highly qualified and community-focused Audiologist, serving the Mill Basin community. Her extremely friendly and relationship-focused approach combines the expertise and resources of a high-end city practice with the comfort and warmth of a community physician. Both of Hadassah’s parents are doctors, along with many other relatives who also practice a range of medical professions.