Vertigo & Tinnitus
Are you experiencing loss of balance with difficulty in standing or walking? Feeling sick and dizziness? These are typical symptoms of Vertigo.
Tinnitus causes you to hear noise or ringing in the ears when there is no external noise.
Vertigo is commonly caused by a problem with the way balance works in the inner ear. Symptoms include loss of balance which makes it difficult to stand or walk, feeling or being sick and dizziness.
What causes vertigo?
Causes may include migraines, inner ear infections and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) –where certain head movements can trigger vertigo.
How to treat vertigo
how to treat vertigo depends on the cause and the severity of the symptoms. This can include medication, a series of simple head movements (Epley Manoeuvre) used to treat BBPV and VRT (Vestibular Rehab Training) used for balance and dizziness problems. There may also be things you can do yourself to help relieve the symptoms. You should see you GP for advice if there are persistent signs of vertigo.
Tinnitus is a physical condition experienced as noise or ringing in the ears when no external noise is present. Whilst tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss there are roughly 200 different health disorders that can generate tinnitus as a symptom. It can be a debilitating condition that negatively affects a patients overall health and social wellbeing.
What causes tinnitus?
Most commonly is it caused by exposure to noise. Working for years in a noisy environment without ear protection increases the risk of developing tinnitus and hearing loss. Other causes may include but not limited to middle ear infections, head trauma, stress, certain medications and Meniere’s disease.
Coping with tinnitus
Unfortunately there is currently no scientifically proven cure for tinnitus but people can learn to manage it. Good quality and properly fitting hearing aids can reduce tinnitus associated with hearing loss.