What are the treatment options for vestibular dysfunction?

Because vestibular dysfunction may be caused by a variety of disorders, the treatment options will vary depending on the source of your inner-ear problems. For example, your vestibular dysfunction may be caused by the fairly common condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV occurs when calcium particles, known as otoconia, move around in the inner ear. It can almost always be treated with a simple physical maneuver or series of movements that can be done in your doctor's office or at home.

In the case of the less common inner-ear disorder known as Meniere's disease, vertigo, hearing loss, and other symptoms are the result of changes in the fluid of the inner ear, but in this case, the cause of those changes has not been identified. There is no cure for this disorder, but doctors often treat it with medications that combat motion sickness and nausea. In rare cases, surgery may be required to treat Meniere's disease. Generally, for many cases of vestibular dysfunction, balance exercises and some medications are necessary.

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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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