What causes vestibular dysfunction?

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Vestibular dysfunction can be caused by a variety of issues that affect the inner ear. For example, an infection might cause inflammation that prompts the vestibular system to malfunction, leading to dizziness or vertigo. You may also experience vestibular dysfunction, with dizziness and vertigo, as the side effects of some medications. Also, head injuries can cause the fluid in the inner ear to leak into the middle ear, leading vestibular dysfunction symptoms. The normal process of aging can lead to vestibular dysfunction in some people.

In some cases, however, the cause of vestibular dysfunction cannot be determined with certainty. For example, changes in the fluid of the inner ear can create a disorder called Meniere's disease, but the cause of those changes has not been identified.

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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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