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Damage to both ears

Severe damage to both inner ears can cause mild dizziness, moderate imbalance and severe difficulty with vision.  Bilateral vestibulopathy is the technical name for this problem; bilateral indicates that the process affects both ears, and vestibulopathy is a general term referring to disease of the vestibular system.  The process can also be acute, meaning thatContinue reading “Damage to both ears”

Something rare: Behçet’s Syndrome

There are many rare diseases that cause dizziness.  Although  they are not frequent, they have unusual groups of symptoms that can help make your diagnosis clear. Behçet’s syndrome is type of vasculitis –inflammation of the blood vessels. This kind of inflammation can damage many different parts of the body.  Dizziness is a frequent symptom, occurringContinue reading “Something rare: Behçet’s Syndrome”

Questions from our readers

I have dizziness and it doesn’t go away, it subsides for a little but is still there each day.   My doctor diagnosed me as having vestibular migraine, but I don’t get migraines, just bouts of vertigo and dizziness.  Will vestibular therapy help?

Sudden inner ear damage

Sudden damage to one inner ear causes severe dizziness and can also cause imbalance and difficulty with focusing the eyes. Unilateral vestibulopathy is the technical name for this problem; unilateral indicates that the process affects one ear, and vestibulopathy is a general term referring to disease of the vestibular system. The process is acute, meaningContinue reading “Sudden inner ear damage”

Drugs and dizziness

Intoxication with drugs that affect the vestibular system can cause dizziness and imbalance. There is often nystagmus, abnormal jerking eye movements that indicate that the vestibular system is not working properly. Usually there is also a tendency to stagger when walking, called ataxia. Most of these drugs affect the cerebellum of the brain, a partContinue reading “Drugs and dizziness”

Stopping the spins

It turns out that alcohol is much less dense than the fluid of the inner ear.  If you drink a lot of alcohol over a short period of time, it can enter the cupula quickly through the bloodstream.  This lightens the cupula fairly quickly, in as little as 30 minutes.  The inner ear fluids don’tContinue reading “Stopping the spins”

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