Our sense of balance is determined by our visual system, the inner ear, and our sense of movement via muscles (kinesthetic sense). When these systems don’t work together and function properly, we become dizzy. Dizziness is a symptom. Any disturbance in the inner ear, with or without hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus), may cause a feeling of dizziness.
Dizziness can be caused by disease such as Meniere’s Disease, by small calcium deposits in the inner ear, drugs which are toxic to the vestibular (balance) system, head trauma, and other conditions not necessarily related to the vestibular system. Balance system assessment is conducted to detect pathology with the vestibular or balance system; to determine site of lesion; to monitor changes in balance function; or, to determine the contribution of visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems to functional balance. Vestibular or balance system assessment is indicated when a person has nystagmus (rapid involuntary eye movement), complaints of vertigo (dizziness) balance dysfunction, gait abnormalities, or when pathology/disease of the vestibular system is suspected.
Vertigo, dizzy, lightheaded, woozy…
Vertigo is a medical condition where a person feels as if they or the objects around them are moving when they are not. Often it feels like a spinning or swaying movement. This may be associated with nausea, vomiting, sweating, or difficulties walking. It is typically worsened when the head is moved. Vertigo is a very common type of dizziness.
Vertigo is only one type of dizziness and can have many different causes. Our specialists at Coastal Audiology will evaluate your symptoms to accurately diagnose your balance disorder.
Balance/Vertigo Evaluations are Available at:
24 Nautilus Drive – Suite 6
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Toms River, NJ
Bey Lea Medical Center
54 Bey Lea Road, Suite 3
Toms River, NJ 08753
Toms River, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ