Dizziness or balance problems can affect all age groups but is more common in the elderly. Symptoms can range from feeling woozy, spinning, or light-headedness, to falling, veering, or feeling off-balance. It strikes about half the population at some point in our lives.
Dizziness can be caused by other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or even a side effect of medications. First, discuss your symptoms with your family doctor. If a clear cause cannot be determined, visit the doctors at County Hearing and Balance.
Testing for Vertigo
The vestibular system is a complex network of reflexes that connects the eyes, ears, balance centers in the brain, and nerves in the spine.
The primary test performed by our doctors is called Electronystagmography (ENG). This is a group of tests designed to examine the condition of the balance portion of the inner ear, called the vestibular system.
This test will help determine whether your dizziness or balance problems are related to a problem with the vestibular system. The results will help your doctor reach a diagnosis and determine the best treatment for these problems.
What is BPPV?
BPPV is an abbreviation of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, which is the most common cause of dizziness. Fortunately, it is also one that is fairly easy to treat. Symptoms are almost always related to head position or movement, such as looking down or up, reaching for something above head level, or even turning over in bed.
The affected person feels intense dizziness, loss of balance, and sometimes even nausea. Symptoms typically last seconds to under a minute. Symptoms can come and go but can be fairly treated with specific exercises and office visits.
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County Hearing and Balance has been providing professional audiology services for over 4 decades.
We are located in 6 different locations on shoreline Connecticut, including Groton, Norwich, Waterford, Old Saybrook, Madison, and Middletown.