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:
- 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.