Audiologists and hearing specialists are often the first health professionals to diagnose any symptoms of vertigo, lightheadedness, spinning, imbalance, unsteadiness, whirling sensations, and difficult walking without veering to one side or the other. These symptoms can often be overlooked as sometimes they can be episodic, subside, or be alleviated with medications. However, these symptoms are disruptive to daily life and can even impact your overall quality of life.
The good news is you don't have to live with reoccurring symptoms of dizziness or spinning sensations. A certified hearing professional can help you by diagnosing any vertigo or balance problems and evaluating your symptoms to determine if it could be a result of hearing loss.
Many people don't realize that the ears are connected to your overall health and well-being. When you are having problems with your hearing, due to sudden hearing loss or hearing loss that is the result of a head or ear injury, then other parts of your health can be affected.
One of the most common conditions that affects people with hearing loss is dizziness or balance disorders such as vertigo. This is because our sense of balance comes from within the inner ear. Inside the inner ear is home to the cochlea, which homes semicircular canals that are responsible for our sense of balance. Because the cochlea is located so close to the hearing nerve, hearing loss and balance problems often go together.
Sensorineural hearing loss that is the result of a head or ear injury can often correspond with balance issues or in more severe cases, vertigo. Although the two can occur together, that's not always the case. You can have hearing loss without ever experiencing a problem with your balance, and you can have vertigo or another balance disorder without ever having hearing loss.
Because your hearing is an important part of your overall health and well-being, it's important to be proactive against any signs of hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, whether you suspect you have hearing loss or you have been diagnosed with hearing loss in the past, then it is important to visit us for regular hearing exams.
If you are experiencing balance problems, either in addition to hearing loss or on its own, then call us today. We can test for vertigo and identify the cause of your dizziness. Our hearing specialists can help you manage your hearing loss and help you feel steady on your feet again.