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Vertigo and balance makes the world feel blurred

VERTIGO DIZZI­NESS

and Balance Disorders

Dizziness can feel like a lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation, whereas vertigo is a spinning or whirling sensation; an illusion of movement of self or the world. Both can be caused by a variety of factors.

Dizziness & Balance

At Shout Hearing Healthcare, we have diagnostic equipment which is specially designed to detect a range of balance disorders. Vestibular rehabilitation is designed to help with balance disorders and can benefit the following people:

  • If you have had a fall recently
  • If you feel unsteady
  • If you feel dizzy when moving
  • If you do not move around as much due to dizziness

Our university qualified audiologists will provide the information you and your GP need to help you with your balance problems and will provide comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing support.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Spinning sensation
  • Unsteadiness
  • Giddiness
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache / neck stiffness
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Feelings of depression, fear or anxiety
man maintaining balance

How do we maintain balance?

Although standing and walking seems a natural thing, balance requires a lot of communication between:

  1. Eyes – determines where your body is in space and how it is moving
  2. Sensory nerves – in skin, muscles and joints which send messages to your brain about body movements, positions & equilibrium
  3. Inner ear (vestibular system) – the vestibular system describes all of the parts of the inner ear involved with balance: it houses sensors that help detect gravity, back-and-forth and rotational motion. The vestibular system allows us to maintain a steady focus on objects when the position of our body shifts.

If all the information from these three systems are non-conflicting then balance is maintained.

What are the possible causes?

  • BPPV – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (motion-induced)
  • Chronic disequilibrium (often age-related)
  • Migraine
  • Inflammation of vestibular nerve
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome (motion sickness)

What action should I take?

If you think you might be suffering from a dizziness or balance disorder, visit your GP, call us on (02) 9484 2246, or request an appointment via our website.

Shout Hearing Healthcare has partnered with Kalm Yoga and we conduct gentle balance classes for the local community. See our events page for details of our next class.