Thousands of people in Utah suffer from dizziness, balance issues and vertigo every day. It’s frustrating, disorienting and that spinning feeling can last anywhere from days to weeks to months.
According to Dr. Craig Anderson, an ENT doctor who leads our sister company, Utah Hearing and Balance, there are many causes of dizziness.
“There are many causes of dizziness and vertigo, perhaps 25 or so, falling within 7 or 8 different categories,” says Dr. Anderson. “That’s why an expert is required. The reasons for dizziness are, for the most part, invisible to the naked eye on physical examination, so diagnosis requires a careful, detailed history, along with various tests of inner ear function. Hearing tests, balance tests and brain scans are often ordered, and sometimes involvement of a neurologist (to rule out neurologic conditions) or a physical therapist (to direct balance retraining exercises) is needed.”
You may have experienced vertigo symptoms when turning your head, standing up or even changing positions while lying down. You may feel your head is spinning or even that the room around you is spinning. What you may not know, however, is that dizziness, vertigo and balance issues are typically directly related to inner-ear issues.
Fortunately, while vertigo or dizziness is frustrating, it’s also typically harmless. In some cases, however, dizziness may be caused by Ménière’s disease, which is a disorder of the inner ear. Although the exact cause remains unknown, it likely results from abnormal fluid levels in the inner ear. Ménière’s disease is one of the most common causes of dizziness. Typically, only a single ear is involved, but both ears are affected in approximately 15 percent of patients. Men and women are impacted by Ménière’s disease equally with the disease typically starts between the ages of 20 and 50 years.
At Utah Hearing and Balance, we specialize in balance issues and treatment and can help you overcome these challenges once and for all. With offices in Salt Lake City, Draper, Park City and Tooele, Utah, we’re the local specialists to treat balance and dizziness disorders.
Symptoms of Vertigo and Dizziness
How do you know if you suffer from vertigo? Here are the common symptoms of vertigo and dizziness:
- A feeling of motion
- A lack of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abnormal eye movements
Initial Diagnosis and Assessment
There are many causes of vertigo, dizziness and/or loss of balance. Through comprehensive evaluation and testing, we make every effort to diagnose the problem and outline an appropriate treatment program to improve performance and resolve symptoms.
The first step in diagnosing and treating dizziness or balance disorders is a comprehensive balance assessment. This includes a medical evaluation and diagnostic testing. The balance assessment typically lasts one to two hours. During that time we’ll examine your inner ear and conduct a number of tests that help us understand your symptoms and accurately prescribe treatment. Rest assured that we will ensure your comfort during all tests and procedures.
- Eye movement testing
- Exercise-based treatments
- All testing conducted by board-certified physician and licensed therapists
Watch Video about Dizziness
Treating Your Condition
We often use videonystagmography (VNG), which measures eye movements and their relation to dizziness, to diagnose balance issues. We also treat dizziness and balance problems with a customized physical therapy plan. Research demonstrates that physical therapy and exercises can lessen the severity of symptoms and improve function and sense of well-being in all ages. Utah Hearing & Balance diagnoses and treats:
- Balance issues
- Light headedness
Dr. Anderson notes that while many causes of dizziness only slowly fade, dizziness due to loose particles in the inner ear can typically be fixed quickly.
“A fascinating and common cause of vertigo is loose calcium crystals that get trapped in the inner workings of the balance organ,” notes Dr. Anderson. “The dizziness caused by this condition is provoked by quick changes of position, and may occur nightly with lying down in bed, rolling from one side to the other, or sitting up from bed. Sometimes just tipping the head back to look up is enough to bring on this sudden and brief form of vertigo.”
“A simple, effective, office maneuver to dislodge the crystals and shift them away from the delicate balance sensors of the inner ear seems to do the trick in most cases, allowing many to be relieved of their symptoms by the time they walk out of the office.”
Dr. Craig Anderson, Dizziness and Balance Specialist
Dr. Craig W. Anderson is a board-certified ear,nose and throat doctor who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. He joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2009 and has worked in private medical practice in Utah since 1981. When you meet with Dr. Anderson, he will perform a comprehensive exam, outline additional testing and ultimately recommend and explain different treatment options. Physical therapy may be recommended to help you overcome balance and dizziness issues.
Contact Utah Hearing and Balance
If you suffer from dizziness or balance issues, contact Utah Hearing and Balance at 801-833-0579 to set an appointment. We’ll work together to diagnose and treat your symptoms and put you back on the road to good health.