What are the symptoms of vestibular dysfunction?


The symptoms of vestibular dysfunction vary from person to person and can include vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance, lightheadedness, vision problems, and hearing loss. Someone with vertigo feels like they are moving, spinning, or falling when they are not actually doing so, or they might feel like the room is spinning around them. A woozy feeling, nausea, or vomiting might occur because of the dizziness or vertigo. A person with inner-ear problems might feel weak and tired and could have trouble concentrating. They might seem clumsy and walk strangely due to their lack of balance. Some people with vestibular dysfunction develop depression or anxiety as a result of their balance issues.

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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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