If you are having vertigo (a spinning sensation) or have been experiencing the inability to move and go outside due to falling, it is essential to be evaluated by your primary care provider. There can be many factors affecting your ability to maintain equilibrium.
An audiologist is a key team player in the diagnosis of balance disorders. Once the primary care provider has ruled out your medication, heart health, and overall health and well being being a contributor to your balance problems, they may send you to Audiology to rule out the vestibular system.
The vestibular system is one of many parts of our balance system. We use our vision, the feeling in our feet (proprioception), and our vestibular system to sense movement in our environment and on our body. When something goes wrong with any of these or with our cardiac or brain health, we can experience dizziness and imbalance.
The vestibular system is made up of 5 different sensory organs in the inner ear that sense our movement in relation to gravity. If one of these systems is not working appropriately, our brain receives a mismatch in the information from our vestibular system and our visual and proprioceptive system.
The audiologist will go through a complete hearing and balance assessment should this be requested by your physician. This will rule out the vestibular system as the reason for your inequilibrium.
If you are scheduling an appointment for a balance assessment, call us and print out the balance evaluation forms to bring in to your appointment.