Poor balance and frequent dizziness are some of the most common health problems among many older adults today. More often than not, these problems are caused by problems within the inner ear, a mechanism which helps us stay upright and maintain proper balance. Let’s have a look at what causes inner ear balance problems, and ways to diagnose and treat them.
Symptoms and diagnosis
The inner ear is a very complicated and precise mechanism which helps the body maintain proper balance. If any changes occur within the structure of the inner ear, you main experience vertigo (one of the most common forms of dizziness) or other symptoms. There are many different causes of dizziness, but long-term balance problems are almost always caused by some type of inner ear disorder.
Diagnosing inner ear problems isn’t easy. Your doctor will go over your symptoms, perform a physical check and refer you to an ear specialist. Luckily, today’s modern diagnostics equipment is able to detect most inner ear disorders.
Some of the symptoms which you might experience include feeling lightheaded and dizzy, spinning, motion sickness, blurred vision and loss of balance. These symptoms can come and go quickly or last for a very long time. Different people tend to describe their symptoms in different ways, which makes diagnosing inner ear problems even more challenging.
The treatment method will depend heavily on the cause of your inner ear balance problem. As with most illnesses, the underlying cause of the condition must be diagnosed and treated. The most common causes of balance problems are various ear infections. Some of the conditions can be treated with medication (such as antibiotics), while others may require that you make some dietary changes and do special exercises for better balance. In rare cases, surgery might be the only option.
Remember that balance disorders can manifest slowly, over a period of time. The symptoms aren’t always obvious and often occur at random intervals. If you have any concerns at all, see your physician for help and advice. The causes of inner ear balance disorders are much easier to cure when diagnosed in early stages.