How long does vestibular dysfunction last?

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The symptoms of vestibular dysfunction can be short-term or permanent, depending on the type of disorder. Some inner-ear problems, such as those caused by an infection, usually last just a few days. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the most common type of vestibular dysfunction, can usually be resolved immediately with a simple physical maneuver in a doctor's office or at home, though some people experience BPPV repeatedly. Other types of inner-ear disorders are chronic due to irreversible damage to the vestibular system in the inner ear.

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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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