Every now and then, patients in the Tuscaloosa area may experience a sensation of dizziness. If this happens infrequently, it may not be anything to worry about. However, if you are experiencing a sensation of dizziness often, it may be a more serious problem that needs to be evaluated by a doctor. There are many common causes for dizziness.
The first common cause for dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV. This is the most common cause of vertigo, and occurs when small crystals of calcium dislodge in the ear and move around freely. Sometimes this vertigo dissipates in a few days on its own; other times it is persistent and needs to be professionally treated. An exercise performed by an Alabama ENT specialist called the Epley Maneuver can treat this condition.
When a benign growth develops on a nerve that connects the brain to the inner ear, Acoustic Neuroma can occur. The growths are usually slow-growing and hinder the inner ear’s ability to communicate with the brain, which causes dizziness.
Inner Ear infection
An inner ear infection may also cause dizziness. However, there are multiple types of ear infections and medical attention is necessary for proper diagnosis and care.
Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear disorder that can cause long episodes of dizziness. Other symptoms include ringing in the ears, hearing loss, or a feeling of pressure in the ear. This disease often starts in one ear, and then may spread to both.
If you are experiencing dizziness, do not hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to set up an appointment for you to be seen and treated.