Hearing Clinic FAQs
Good balance relies on the brain processing signals from the ears, the eyes and the body (muscles and joints). Any disruption in one or more of these can result in a mismatch of information causing imbalance or dizziness. The ear is often described as the balance organ. It is particularly important as it provides the brain with the information responsible for motion, balance and spatial orientation. If there are certain disruptions within the ear, your brain will receive different signals from your ears than it does from your eyes or body and this can result in dizziness.
The vestibular system is a term used to describe the parts of the ear involved with balance. When this system is not functioning correctly this causes vestibular disorders which can cause dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. The most common vestibular disorders are:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Migraine associated vertigo
- Mal de Debarquement
- Meniere’s Disease
- Visual Vertigo
- Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
Vestibular rehabilitation aims to ease the symptoms related to vestibular disorders. The rehabilitation involves a series of exercises that promote both habituation and compensation to help strengthen the balance system and alleviate symptoms.
At your initial assessment a full and detailed history will be taken followed by a series of assessments to ascertain what difficulties each patient is having. These assessments can include exercises involving your gaze, standing and walking. Testing for specific types of dizziness such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) may also be completed.
At the end of the appointment a personalised treatment plan will be created to help improve your symptoms. This will often involve specific exercises to be carried out at home. In many cases it is appropriate for follow up appointments to review the progress of treatment and to alter the treatment plan as required.
Many of the signs of hearing loss are fairly common and consistent among those suffering from it. You can read our article on hearing loss here.