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Sep 07 2017

Balance and Dizziness Part 2: Diagnosis

Last time we discussed some of the causes of dizziness. Today we will look at the first steps to take if you are experiencing dizziness and how health professionals go about diagnosing the cause.

First and foremost, if you are experiencing dizziness you should see your doctor. It is helpful to bring a list of symptoms and relevant information. For example, how often does the dizziness occur, how long does it last, how severe is it, when did it start? In addition you should mention any symptoms that may occur with it such as changes in hearing, ringing in your ears, heart palpatations, and headaches to name a few. Mention them even if you’re not sure if they’re relevant as this information can help the professional diagnose the cause.

Since many instances of dizziness and balance issues are related to the inner ear, a hearing test is very important. From the results your doctor may be able to determine the cause such as in the case of Meniere’s. In addition your doctor may refer you to a balance specialist for further testing. There they will perform an evaluation which may include head and neck exercises to help determine the cause. Depending on the result these exercises may be used for treatment as well.

In rare cases you will be sent for a scan to determine if there are structural abnormalities or growths on the hearing and balance nerve or in the brain that may be contributing to your balance issues.

Once the cause is known a treatment regimen can begin. Next time we will look at the options available for balance management.

For more information please contact Accurate Hearing at:

Lower Sacville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327

 

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