How does vestibular dysfunction affect the body?

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The term "vestibular dysfunction" is used to describe a variety of disorders in the inner ear that can affect the body in slightly different ways, though the main symptoms are usually vertigo and dizziness. Located just behind your eardrum, the vestibular system helps your body process the effects of gravity and motion. When there is a problem in your vestibular system, your body may not be able to register gravity and motion properly, which can cause dizziness, loss of balance, and other symptoms. For example, if the vestibular dysfunction is caused by a viral infection, your inner ear is likely to be temporarily inflamed and you are likely to experience vertigo, nausea, and vomiting. Other types of vestibular dysfunction involve changes or shifts in the fluid in the inner ear and can lead to hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus) in addition to vertigo.

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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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