Everyone has experienced a moment when they lost balance or felt dizzy, but suffering from them on a semi regular or even frequent basis is common for many people. 

Balance disorder affects over 33 million adults in America, usually linked to problems with the inner ear.

Symptoms include vertigo, staggering while walking, blurred vision, lightheadedness, faintness, disorientation, a floating sensation, and confusion. 

Findings by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), found more than 1 in 20 children, from age 3 to 17, have some type of balance or dizziness problem. 

“These findings suggest that dizziness and balance problems are fairly common among children, and parents and providers should be aware of the impact these problems can have on our children,” said James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D, director of the NIDCD and a pediatrician. “Parents who notice dizziness and balance problems in their children should consult a health care provider to rule out a serious underlying condition.”

Vertigo

The feeling of spinning or just turning your head into a different position can trigger vertigo. Typically caused by fluid build up in the inner ear or other conditions affecting the inner ear. 

Labyrinthitis

Occurs when a virus, either from a flu or cold, infects the channels deep in the ear. Fluid build up and swelling impacting the brain causing confusion, vertigo, tinnitus, and even vomiting.

Vestibular Neuronitis

A virus that causes inflammation and swelling of the vestibular nerve, which goes from the inner ear to the brain. Symptoms include, unsteadiness, dizziness, and nausea.

Vestibular Migraines

Occur when the vestibular nerve is inflamed from a migraine, caused by stress, certain food, or other conditions. It can cause sensitivity to sound and light, nausea, dizziness, and ringing sound in the ears.

If you or a loved one feels any of these symptoms or suspects a balance disorder, it is important to get medical attention. The Doctors at Orlando Ears, Nose & Throat are experienced with this type condition. We are proud to provide the finest and most modern treatment options for your ear, nose and throat concerns.


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