Disorders of Balance
At the Texas Ear Center, we are committed to providing our patients the latest techniques in hearing restoration. We offer a wide variety of services for hearing loss, including medical treatments, surgery, hearing aids, and implantable devices.
How Balance Works
The main function of the balance or vestibular portion of the inner ear is to detect head motions and transmit this information to the brain via balance (vestibular) nerve. Both the right and left inner ears work in tandem to provide the brain the proper information regarding your motion and position. Dizziness can occur if one or both inner ears start sending inaccurate signals to the brain. This can occur as a result of numerous inner ear conditions such as labyrinthitis (inner ear inflammation) and Meniere’s disease (inner ear fluid imbalance).
What is the Evaluation Process?
Patients with balance disorders undergo a full ear nose and throat evaluation. In addition, some patients may require other testing including an audiogram, vestibular testing, and imaging such as MRI or CT. Based on the medical evaluation, the treatment options for the hearing loss will be presented to you.
Most cases of dizziness or imbalance can be diagnosed and treated. The exact treatment regimen is usually determined for each patient on a case by case basis depending on the cause of the dizziness and its severity.