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Dizziness Specialist

ENT Specialists of Alaska

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Anchorage, AK & Wasilla, AK

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 Q&A

What is dizziness?

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. 

What causes dizziness?

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. 

What are the symptoms of balance disorders?

Dizziness is the most common symptom associated with balance disorders, but it’s often accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Vertigo, the sensation of spinning when you’re not moving
  • Lightheadedness or feeling faint
  • Blurred vision
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular gait, difficulty walking normally
  • Frequent falls

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact ENT Specialists of Alaska for expert help.

What are examples of balance disorders?

Specific balance disorders include:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

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

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

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

Vestibular neuronitis occurs when the vestibular nerve that regulates balance signaling grows swollen. It usually causes vertigo and difficulty walking.

Perilymph fistula

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.

For more information, call us toll-free at 1-844-436-1368