Dizziness at a moment's notice
Have you ever had such an experience?
In fact, dizziness is deeply related to the ears, and people with dizziness may have an ear disorder.
The ears maintain a sense of balance, and any kind of malfunction in the ears can cause dizziness.
If you suffer from dizziness, or if you occasionally feel dizzy but are unsure of the cause, consider your ear health.
Here are some details about the relationship between dizziness and the ear.
Causes of Dizziness
Dizziness is caused by the ears.
You may not think of the ear and dizziness in the same way, but there is a deep relationship between dizziness and the ear.
The ear can be divided into three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear.
Have you ever heard of otitis externa or otitis media?
If there is inflammation in the outer ear, it is called otitis externa, and if there is inflammation in the middle ear, it is called otitis media, and so on.
The outer ear refers to the area from the ear canal to the eardrum.
The middle ear is from the eardrum to the cochlea.
The inner ear is from the cochlea to the auditory nerve to the brain.
The inner ear is closely related to dizziness.
The inner ear contains the semicircular canals and otoliths.
The semicircular canals and otoliths are responsible for transmitting a sense of balance to the brain and are very important for maintaining body balance.
Therefore, if there is a problem in the inner ear, the semicircular canals and otoliths do not function properly and the body loses balance.
This is how dizziness occurs.
Diseases that cause dizziness
Dizziness is only one of the symptoms and is not a disease in itself.
It can be triggered by sudden dizziness when standing up or feeling lightheaded when exposed to sunlight.
While dizziness can occur in healthy people, it can also be caused by illness.
Some diseases that can cause dizziness include the following
- Sudden hearing loss
- Meniere's disease
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Vestibular neuritis
Check out the characteristics of each disease.
Sudden hearing loss
If tinnitus follows the onset of vertigo, sudden hearing loss is suspected.
In many cases, sudden hearing loss causes hearing loss in one ear.
If the symptoms are recognized early and treatment is initiated, the hearing is likely to return to normal, but if treatment is delayed, the hearing will not recover in many cases.
If you suddenly lose hearing in one ear and experience severe dizziness followed by tinnitus, suspect sudden hearing loss.
It is better to see a hospital as soon as possible.
If you experience severe dizziness and tinnitus that lasts for more than 10 minutes and is repeated, you may have Meniere's disease.
In addition to dizziness and tinnitus, you may also experience nausea and ringing in the ears.
In some cases, hearing loss can worsen if left untreated.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
If dizziness occurs when you move your head, such as when turning over, getting up, or looking down, you may have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
You may feel dizzy and nauseous.
Hearing loss and other symptoms do not occur.
It is said to be a disease that occurs frequently and is easily cured, unlike other diseases.
Severe dizziness that does not improve whether the patient is awake or asleep.
The dizziness lasts from one to three days.
It does not cause hearing loss, but nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness may persist for several months.
It is caused by inflammation of an area called the vestibular nerve due to a viral infection or other cause that prevents proper balance.
Vestibular neuritis is also a curable disease.
Treatment of Dizziness
If you feel dizziness, we recommend that you visit a hospital as soon as possible.
There is a possibility of losing your hearing, especially if it is caused by sudden hearing loss or Meniere's disease.
There is no need to panic, but if you feel dizziness, see an otolaryngologist as soon as possible.
Although treatment varies depending on the disease, vertigo can be treated with either medication or exercise therapy.
Drug therapy is used to treat dizziness and nausea.
Exercise therapy involves training to improve the sense of balance.
Precautions to prevent dizziness
Daily precautions to avoid dizziness are the same as those related to general health.
- Regular lifestyle
- Avoid binge eating and drinking
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Moderate exercise
- Avoid smoking as much as possible
And so on.
Half-body bathing is also a good idea.
The ear is a very delicate organ, and it is easy for problems to occur if there is something wrong with the body.
Ear problems are a sign from the body, so let's start by reviewing our daily life!