Dizziness and balance disorders associated with ears are very common. Typically when your ears are the reason for your dizziness, you feel dizzy looking up, bending forward, lying down or turning over in bed.
You may also feel uncomfortable and/or dizzy when in a crowd or when seeing movement. In addition feeling a sensation of movement and nausea are quite common. Classically moving your head makes the symptoms worse.
People with a balance problem will often struggle to carry out normal day-to-day activities, they may describe feeling tired, difficulty with concentration, memory and confidence.
Some people may experience vertigo or dizziness as a result of being overstimulated by complex visual environments for example shops, crowds, patterns, leaves on the ground, light through the trees, waves and snow falling just naming a few. This is often referred to as Visual Vertigo and can be helped with the right type of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy exercises.
Here are some examples of situations and patterns that can exacerbate dizziness:
If your dizziness is caused by one of the following ear conditions: Labyrinthitis, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Migraine associated Vertigo, Mal de debarquement and Menieres Disease, then Vestibular Rehabilitation may be useful to you. Different conditions respond to treatments in different ways. For example BPPV may need only one or two appointments to help reduce symptoms but treatment for Labyrinthitis may require at least three appointments before you feel able to cope with the condition.
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