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What is vestibular hypofunction?
According to the NHS, the condition is caused when the inner part of the balance system in the ear stops working properly.
The vestibular system works with your eyes and muscles to keep you stable. When it doesn’t work, it sends messages to the brain and you experience a feeling of dizziness and nausea.
Several causes lead to the condition, and a few are:
- Vestibular neuronitis or labyrinthitis is a viral or bacterial infection that attacks and damages part or all of the nerve of the inner ear
- Weakness of the inner ear structures
- An old injury in the inner part of the ear
- Drug Reactions
- Anxiety and Stress
- Blood clots
- brain damage
- Ear drainage problems
Signs and Symptoms
A few signs and symptoms of the condition include:
- Extreme Dizziness
- Dizziness and Nausea
- Bad balance
- Difficulty walking and running
- Hearing problems
- Blurred vision
- Calcium residues in your semicircular canals of the ear
How is the condition diagnosed?
- Audiometry or hearing test
- eye test
- blood tests
- Look at your posture and movement, using a structured exam called a posturography
How to get vestibular hypofunction treated?
The doctors say it is extremely important to get the condition treated so that the dangers such as a fall injury or discomfort can be eliminated. Some possible treatments to restore balance include:
- Treating underlying causes: Depending on what the actual cause of the condition is, a doctor may prescribe medication, as you may need antibiotics or antifungal treatments.
- Lifestyle Changes: To relieve symptoms, do not drive, stand near loud music or noise, and do not drink alcohol.
Canalithrepositioning maneuvers: These are a series of movements of your head and chest that help restore balance.
- Surgery: If there is a problem with the ear nerves, doctors may prescribe surgery.
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