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Is vestibular dysfunction serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Though the vast majority of cases of vestibular dysfunction are not serious to the point of being life-threatening, sometimes the symptoms are debilitating or potentially dangerous. If the dizziness, vertigo, and other symptoms of inner-ear disorders last a long time, your quality of life and daily routine can be severely impacted. Extreme dizziness can make people vulnerable to accidents. Also, inner-ear problems are especially common among older adults, and the dizziness and lack of balance can lead to falls that could be fatal.

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