How is vestibular dysfunction diagnosed?


In order to diagnose vestibular dysfunction, your doctor will consider your symptoms and conduct a physical exam. During the exam, your doctor will probably check your balance and test your eye movements. Your doctor might also decide that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of your head and brain are necessary to rule out more serious conditions. In some cases, you might need to see a specialist, such as an otolaryngologist, who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat. The specialist is likely to conduct further tests, including a hearing exam and tests of your body's responses to various stimuli, such as motion and visual patterns.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.

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