Our sense of balance results from the integration of information from the inner ear, eyes, and sense organs in our limbs, muscles and skin.

Types of Balance Disorders

There is a long list of disorders which are known to affect the inner ear and which may produce short-term or long-term balance disorders. Examples include:

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  • Meniere’s disease
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Degenerative disorders of the balance organs
  • Drug toxicity
  • Inner ear trauma from head injury or sudden pressure changes
  • Viral inflammation

The first step in managing a balance disorder is to make a proper diagnosis, including audiometry and clinical examination.

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