Seek Help for Dizziness
Balance disorders and dizziness are often associated with problems affecting the ear. At High Level Speech & Hearing Center, we provide comprehensive dizziness services to diagnose these issues and help provide the appropriate treatment to our patients in the New Orleans area.
Causes of Dizziness Disorders
When you or a loved one experiences dizziness, frequent falls, and/or a lack of coordination, you may find that you're limited in mobility, function, and quality of life. Diagnosing the cause of dizziness can be a challenge; it can be caused by head injury, panic and anxiety disorders, use of certain medications, and conditions such as hypoglycemia and anemia, which limit blood to the brain.
Sometimes, issues with the auditory system lead to balance issues and feelings of dizziness. These conditions can include:
Acoustic neuroma: This condition is characterized by a tumor that affects the balance nerves. It can cause vertigo and other balance-related symptoms.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): BPPV is caused by loose crystals in the inner ear, which can result in spinning sensations when the individual moves his or her head. BPPV can be easily treatable.
Fluid in the middle ear: Fluid accumulation in the middle ear may result in vertigo and balancing problems.
Meniere's disease: This condition affects the inner ear and can cause recurrent vertigo in addition to tinnitus and hearing loss.
Middle ear infection: An infection of the middle ear can affect balance and cause dizzy feelings.
Vestibular neuritis: This is caused by inflammation in the inner ear, which can cause the sensation of spinning.
Available Treatment Options
When patients visit us with balance and dizziness issues, we start with a diagnostic VNG test. Officially known as videonystagmography, this test uses advanced technology to detect diseases, injuries, infections, and genetic abnormalities that affect the inner and middle ear as well as the rest of the balance system.
This state-of-the-art equipment helps provide identification of issues that could be causing your symptoms. Common treatments include:
Antibiotics to help treat an underlying infection
Medications to provide relief during episodes of nausea, vertigo, and dizziness
Vestibular therapy, which helps clients cope with balance issues through functional treatment
Surgery to remove growths affecting balance and/or stabilize the structure of the inner ear to repair balance system issues
Contact High Level Today
Vertigo and frequent bouts of dizziness can significantly impact your quality of life. If you're struggling with dizziness or balance issues, contact High Level Speech & Hearing Center at 504.266.0576 to schedule an appointment for an assessment. Our fall prevention therapies and treatments for dizziness and vertigo may help relieve these issues.