Up to 20% of American adults experience dizziness every year. In many cases, dizziness is related to treatable balance disorders or other inner ear problems, which is why it’s so important to seek help from the ear, nose, and throat experts at ENT Specialists of Alaska. Call the office in Wasilla or Eagle River, Alaska, or one of their partner clinics — Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery & ENT, Geneva Woods Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, and Anchorage Audiology Clinic — in Anchorage, Alaska, or set up your appointment online.
Dizziness is an odd sensation that can be a little different for each person. You may suddenly feel off balance, woozy, weak, or as if you’re floating.
Usually, dizzy spells last for just a few seconds, but they can last far longer. Dizziness may grow worse if you’re in motion when the sensation strikes.
Dizziness is often a symptom of a balance disorder, a group of complicated conditions that are related to inner ear problems. Balance disorders often originate in the vestibular labyrinth, the particular part of your inner ear that helps regulate balance.
Dizziness is the most common symptom associated with balance disorders, but it’s often accompanied by other symptoms such as:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact ENT Specialists of Alaska for expert help.
Specific balance disorders include:
BPPV commonly causes dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues. It can occur when you have an ear infection or ear inflammation, which allows calcium crystals that help regulate balance to drift out of position.
Labyrinthitis causes dizziness and feelings of unsteadiness. Usually, it starts with an inner ear infection or ear inflammation following a respiratory infection.
Meniere’s disease occurs when you have a fluid imbalance in your inner ear. It usually causes vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), ear pressure, and decreased hearing.
Vestibular neuronitis occurs when the vestibular nerve that regulates balance signaling grows swollen. It usually causes vertigo and difficulty walking.
Perilymph fistula is inner ear fluid leakage triggered by extreme exertion or trauma. It can cause dizziness, vertigo, ear fullness, nausea, and other symptoms.
These symptoms can be serious, so it’s important to visit ENT Specialists of Alaska as soon as possible. The doctors have extensive experience with balance disorders and other inner ear problems. They can diagnose your condition and design an effective treatment.
If feelings of being dizzy or off balance are frustrating you, call the office or click on the online booking tool for an appointment today.