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Balance Evaluations

What are the symptoms of a balance disorder?

If your balance is impaired, you may feel as if the room is spinning. You may stagger when you try to walk or teeter or fall when you try to stand up. Some of the symptoms you might experience are:

Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensationConfusion or disorientationFalling or feeling as if you are going to fallBlurred vision

Other symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in heart rate or blood pressure, fear, anxiety, or panic. Some people also feel tired, depressed, or unable to concentrate. Symptoms may come and go over short time periods or last for longer periods of time.

How is a balance disorder treated?

The ­first thing a doctor will do is determine if your dizziness is caused by a medical condition or medication. If it is, your doctor will treat the condition or suggest a different medication. Your doctor also may describe ways for you to handle daily activities that increase the risk of falling and injury. Your treatment will vary based on the disorder that you are diagnosed with, including working with a therapist, changing your diet, quitting smoking or medications. To reduce your risk of injury from dizziness, avoid walking in the dark. You should also wear low-heeled shoes or walking shoes outdoors and use a cane or walker if necessary.

If you have handrails in your home, inspect them periodically to make sure they are safe and secure. Modifi­cations to the bathroom fixtures can make them safer. Conditions at work may need to be modifi­ed or restricted, at least temporarily. Driving a car may be especially hazardous. Ask your doctor’s opinion about whether it’s safe for you to drive.

Our balance center boasts the most advanced technology, Videonystagmography (VNG), for diagnosing inner ear disorders. This technology is more accurate, more consistent, and more comfortable for patients than older test test equipment & measures. We are committed to ­finding meaningful answers and getting you back on your feet!

Types of Balance Disorders

There are more than a dozen different balance disorders.

Some of the most common are:

  • Positional vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Migraine Aura