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What Could Be Causing Your Dizziness?

The human ear is a delicate and highly complex structure. In addition to hearing, your ear is also responsible for helping you maintain your sense of balance and what's known as sound localization, or the ability to perceive where outside sounds are coming from, such as a knock at the door or a car horn blaring. The ear consists of three main parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. Damage to any part of the ear can cause a number of problems, from hearing loss to the condition known as vertigo. Fortunately, the audiologists here at South Carolina ENT in Columbia, SC, Jason P. Wigand and Kathryn S. McGee, offer diagnosis and treatment for ear, nose, and throat conditions—read on to learn how they can help you too!

Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Treatments from our Office in Columbia, SC

Dizziness can be a symptom of a number of issues. Some of the most common causes of dizziness include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Anemia
  • Motion sickness
  • Vertigo
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

The sensation of dizziness is typically categorized by feeling lightheaded and slightly off balance. However, if you experience dizziness along with other symptoms such as nausea, fever, vomiting, blurred vision, or vision loss, you should seek emergency medical treatment right away, especially if the signs start to appear after a neck or head injury.

Ear Related Causes of Dizziness

An injury or growth in your inner ear could interfere with your sense of balance and cause the sensation of dizziness, as well as the feeling that the room or your surroundings are spinning around you. The most common causes of dizziness related to your ear include:

  • Vertigo
  • Migraines
  • Inflammation
  • A growth or blockage in the inner ear
  • Meniere's Disease

If you are experiencing prolonged or recurring bouts of dizziness, an audiologist can perform a series of tests to help determine the source of your symptoms and whether they're caused by an inner ear issue.

Need ENT Care? Give Us a Call

For more information about the symptoms and causes of hearing loss/ear injuries, contact South Carolina ENT in Columbia, SC, today by dialing (803) 424-2208 and schedule an appointment with your audiologist today!

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