Symptoms of vertigo go beyond simply dizziness; they include feeling disoriented, nauseous and weak as well as cause erratic eye movements. Vertigo is sometimes associated with an illusion of movement – feeling like you are swaying or falling even if you are perfectly still. Since vertigo is connected with inner ear problems, someone experiencing vertigo may also have hearing loss and/or ringing in the ears.
The most common tests for inner-ear related vertigo or balance issues include electronystagmogram (ENG) or videonystagmogram (VNG) procedures, wherein warm or cool air is softly blown into the ear canal and then eye movements are measured. The purpose of this is to test the strength of the inner ear as well as eye movement coordination. Our physician experts are best equipped to make any necessary referrals appropriate for the individualized testing and treatment needs of our patients.
Treatment for dizziness takes many forms depending on the cause. Your physician will try to target the underlying condition in order to reduce or eliminate the symptoms. Options include medications (antihistamines, sedatives, antibiotics, steroids), physical or occupational therapy, surgery, repositioning exercises, vestibular retraining programs and lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and elimination of alcohol and nicotine.