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Varun Dhawan in the diagnosis of vestibular hypofunction; know what it is

Varun Dhawan is looking forward to the release of his upcoming horror comedy “Bhediya”, starring Kriti Sanon

New Delhi: Actor Varun Dhawan has revealed he has been diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance known as vestibular hypofunction, which he believes was caused after he ignored his health while pressured himself to work across boundaries .
Varun said he fired non-stop post-pandemic and entered the “rat race” as things started to return to normal. He said he later felt that he was “running for election”.
“I had this thing called Vestibular Hypofunction, (where) your balance goes. But I pushed myself so hard,” Varun said, awaiting the release of his upcoming horror comedy “Bhediya,” at the India Today Conclave.

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
  • disorientation
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Blood clots
  • tumors
  • brain damage
  • Ear drainage problems
  • Aging

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?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, people who suffer from extreme pain and ongoing dizziness and imbalance should see a doctor immediately to get the correct diagnosis. After reviewing your medical history, your health care provider may do the following:
  1. Audiometry or hearing test
  2. eye test
  3. blood tests
  4. Imaging
  5. CT-scan
  6. 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.
  • Canalith repositioning 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.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.

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