Dizziness or loss of balance is the second most common complaint heard in doctors’ offices. Statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that dizziness will occur in 70 percent of the nation’s population at some point in their lives. Acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may indicate serious health risks and seriously increase risk of injury due to falls.
At Central Plains ENT & Audiology, our audiologists provide expert assessment of balance disorders, which often have their origin in the vestibular system of the inner ear. We are proud to partner with The American Institute of Balance™ for the certification of professionals, development of clinical protocols, and continuing education. Contact us today for assessment of your balance condition, and learn how the latest treatment methods and therapies might help you.
There Are Two Types of Balance Problems
Equilibrium disorders fall into two categories.
The good news is diagnosis and treatment options for both of these types of balance problems have become more effective over the past 10 years. There is hope for many individuals who once thought there might be no relief.
Why Am I Losing My Balance?
Human equilibrium is a complex interaction that requires input from our inner ear, vision, and somatosensory perception (contact with the earth as perceived by our feet, muscles, and joints). All three signals must then be correctly received by our central nervous system. Then the cerebellum, which is the motor-control portion of the brain, must execute the correct movement of our musculoskeletal system so that we maintain our center of gravity. If any one or several components of this complicated system do not work properly, then a loss of sure-footedness or movement coordination can take place.
The natural aging process may affect any one or all of these senses, as well as the central nervous system’s ability to interpret and react to them quickly. It is very common to hear from someone who has fallen that they saw the curb or step but were not able to react fast enough or to keep their balance.
With proper diagnosis and therapeutic exercises, known as balance retraining, many older adults can return to a more active lifestyle.
Facts About Dizziness and Balance
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, contact us today to book your appointment and determine what might be causing your balance problem, and what can be done to help you. Contact Us