Your Balance Problem Is All in Your Ears

Balance problems are more common than you may think. In fact, 4% of adults, or 8 million Americans, have a chronic balance disorder. Balance disorders often cause you to feel dizzy, as though you’re spinning or moving when you’re just standing still. 

This can cause problems with standing and make it difficult for you to walk without falling. Oftentimes, the problem can actually be traced back to problems in your ear. These problems range between a variety of issues, from the minor to the acute.

Here at Jacinto Medical Group in Baytown and La Porte, Texas, we address all of your health concerns with compassion and years of expertise. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to how your balance problem is caused by issues with your ears.

How your ears control your balance

Your vestibular system, or the link between your inner ear and your brain, is what helps keep your balance maintained. When your inner ear suffers from an injury or particular condition, this is called a vestibular disorder. While dizziness and balance problems are the most common conditions, the issue can also manifest into problems with your hearing and vision.

Ear problems that lead to imbalance

There are a few different disorders that can lead to balance problems, including:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Also called BPPV, this condition is the most common ear issue that can lead to a balance problem. With BPPV, small calcium crystals in one part of your ear migrate to another part where they should not be. This makes your brain think that you’re moving even when you’re standing still. 

Ear infection

Also called labyrinthitis, an inner ear infection happens when the fragile part of your ear, known as the labyrinth, becomes inflamed. In addition to problems with hearing and balance, you may also notice a pus-like discharge from your ear, as well as fevers or nausea. 

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is a disorder characterized by a buildup of fluid in your inner ear. This problem is usually caused by a virus, autoimmune reaction, or even an allergy. With Meniere’s disease, you can lose your hearing over time. If left untreated, the problem becomes permanent.  

Other ear problems

There are other ear problems that can cause imbalance and even hearing loss. Perilymphatic fistula, or PLF, can cause a tear or defect between your middle ear and the fluid-filled part of your inner ear. Acoustic neuroma, or a tumor in your inner ear, can also be a culprit. 

Because damage in your ear can lead to dizziness, vertigo, and permanent hearing loss, it’s important to address the issue sooner rather than later. If you experience any of the symptoms above, call us to make an appointment at any of our four locations today.

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