It is that time of year for new year’s resolutions and so often we think of our health. Well, have you ever thought about your inner ear health? Inner ear or vestibular health is related to quality of life issues in many important ways. It is estimated that as many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the U.S., approximately 69 million Americans, have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. By learning more, you help us to help you and your loved ones to lead a well-balanced life.
During Aristotle’s time, the vestibular system was thought to be merely be an entry way or “vestibule” to our hearing system. Now we know the vestibular system is both a pathway to healthy hearing and vital body mechanism which enables us properly take care of daily living activities. Perhaps our vestibular or inner ear system is less understood due to its “silence.” Our vestibular system’s importance is harder to recognize than the loss of vision, hearing, touch, smell or taste. That is… until it does not function properly.
Myth: Dizziness, falls and hearing difficulty are a normal part of aging, for which our helpful options are limited.
Fact: Dizziness from inner ear disorders, including those from head trauma, can typically be reduced or eliminated. Falls can be prevented, and just like glasses help us see better, properly fit hearing aids can help us hear and communicate better.
While normal inner ear function enables healthy hearing, our complex vestibular system coordinates eye and head movements, as well as proper balance. The 3 primary “sensory organs” that send information to our brain about balance are our eyes, body and inner ear.
Did you know that 3 (sight, touch and hearing) of our 5 human sensory systems are highly integrated with vestibular system?
Common symptoms associated with a vestibular disorder include dizziness, unsteadiness, blurriness, nausea, concentration problems, fatigue and anxiety. Proper inner ear function can be affected by noise trauma, head trauma, and disease processes. Individuals with a history of auto-immune disorders, allergies, difficulty sleeping and/or migraines are more likely to suffer from dizziness. This is in addition to the fact that hearing health is also closely related to the risk of falls, diabetes, dementia, vision loss and heart disease.
The accurate diagnosis of dizziness, balance and/or hearing related issues results in the best outcomes. However, we equally value early detection of these issues. Just as you would have your vision checked or visit the dentist on an annual basis, it is also recommended to have your balance and hearing checked. With decades of personal patient experiences, we truly know “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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We provide expert care for dizziness, balance, tinnitus and/or hearing disorders. We offer both testing and treatment services with more than 75 years of combined experience. Call us today at 512-345-4664!