Dizziness & Balance Disorders

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Specialty Physician Associates

Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown & Wind Gap, PA

A balance disorder is a condition that causes dizziness, a feeling of lightheadedness, or other types of disorientation. The leading ENT team in the Lehigh Valley area, Specialty Physician Associates, are balance-disorder experts who can help with vertigo, Meniere’s disease, inner ear problems, or other causes of dizziness and related issues. Call one of the five convenient offices in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, to book your appointment or book online today.

Dizziness & Balance Disorders Q & A

What are Balance Disorders?

Balance disorders are a group of conditions that cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or other related problems. Although occasional brief dizzy spells aren't unusual, if you suffer from a balance disorder the dizziness becomes a chronic issue.

What Causes Balance Disorders?

Normal balance requires all of your body's various systems functioning properly and in unison, so if you have an issue with just one system it can throw off your balance considerably. The majority of balance disorders come from inner ear problems (your vestibular system). Medication reactions can also cause balance issues.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, one of the most common balance disorders and the leading cause of vertigo, happens when otoconia, small calcium crystals, dislodge in your ear.

Acoustic neuroma is caused by a tumor on a nerve that regulates hearing and balance.

The cause of Ménière's disease, a balance disorder that causes serious sudden vertigo and sometimes other problems like hearing loss and inner-ear buzzing or ringing, isn't known.

Do I Have a Balance Disorder?

The symptoms of a balance disorder can be different for everyone, but can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Lurching forward erratically or tripping when walking
  • Feeling like you're moving when you're not (vertigo)
  • Feeling that you're falling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feeling that you're going to faint
  • A sensation of floating
  • A sensation of everything spinning around you
  • Blurry vision

If you're suffering from the symptoms of one or more of these balance disorders, speak to one of the experienced ENT specialists at Specialty Physician Associates as soon as possible.

What is the Treatment for Balance Disorders?

Treatment of balance disorders starts with identifying its underlying cause whenever possible. Usually, this means diagnosing a specific vestibular system problem through comprehensive testing.

After diagnosis, your doctor could recommend options such as:

  • Head positioning maneuvers to move otoconia out of the wrong position in your ear
  • Balance retraining exercises
  • Dietary changes
  • Medical devices to aid balance, such as canes
  • Prescription medication for dizziness, nausea, migraines, or anxiety
  • Antibiotic injections to stop the affected ear from regulating balance so the other ear takes over

In some cases of Ménière's disease or acoustic neuroma, your ENT doctor might recommend surgery.

At Specialty Physician Associates, balance disorder treatment is always personalized to your situation. To get balance disorder treatment from the best ENT team in the area, click the online scheduler or call the office nearest you today.