Don’t Let Dizziness Throw Off Your Life’s Balance

Balance GraphicDizziness or loss of balance, sometimes referred to as vertigo, is the second most common complaint doctors hear. According to the National Institutes of Health, dizziness will occur in 70 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.

Balance disorders typically fall into two categories:

  • Acute attacks of dizziness, vertigo, or a general loss of balance that may last a few seconds or a few hours
  • A persistent sense of imbalance, unsteadiness, or what some people refer to as a loss of sure-footedness

You may feel helpless when you’re hit with a dizzy spell, but there’s plenty of hope. The number of proper diagnosis and treatment options has grown over the last decade, making dizziness a much easier problem to resolve.


Why Am I Losing My Balance?

Your brain uses input from your inner ear, eyes, and body to determine where it is in relation to other objects and what movements your body should make. If any one part of this complicated system does not work properly, you can lose coordination or sure-footedness.

With age, these senses decline, as does your central nervous system’s ability to interpret and react quickly. With proper diagnosis and therapeutic exercises, like balance retraining, many older adults can return to a more active lifestyle.

County Hearing and Balance provides expert assessment of balance disorders, which often originate in the vestibular system, found in the inner ear. Please contact us today for a consultation on your unique dizziness and balance difficulties.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get rid of the dizziness?
Typically, symptoms resolve on their own, but treatment can be provided either in-home or at a practice that treats balance issues. County Hearing and Balance can help with your vertigo and other balance and dizziness disorders.
How long does vertigo last?
A vertigo attack may last only a few seconds or a few hours. The condition itself may last only a matter of weeks, or it may be an ongoing problem. People with persistent, ongoing vertigo may be in danger of harming themselves or others, making treatment a necessity.
Why do I get dizzy when I stand up?
Blood pressure drops excessively when you sit or stand, causing dizziness. This dizziness can resolve rapidly within a few seconds if the person lies down. Some people do faint, however, and symptoms tend to be more common and worse after exercise, consuming alcohol, or eating a heavy meal. Low blood flow to the brain can cause dizziness and other symptoms, and is not necessarily a result of vertigo. Because reasons for dizziness vary depending upon specific medical conditions, individuals who experience excessive dizziness when shifting body positions are encouraged to contact our practice for a full consultation.

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