Vertigo & Dizziness
While vertigo and dizziness are very similar, they are not the same. They have different causes and symptoms which can make it difficult to tell the difference without the help of a professional. If you believe you are experiencing either vertigo or dizziness, come see us at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center and we can provide you with the treatment and care you deserve.
The Difference Between Vertigo and Dizziness
What is the difference between vertigo and dizziness? Dizziness is the generic term used for sensations such as lightheadedness, loss of balance, disorientation, and vertigo. Vertigo is the specific feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning, but you’re standing still or even lying down. Essentially, vertigo is a type of dizziness.
Vertigo and Dizziness: Causes
The causes of vertigo can change depending on whether there is a problem with the inner ear or with your central nervous system.
The following problems with the inner ear can be the cause of vertigo:
- BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
- Viral infection
- Vestibular hydrops
- Meniere’s disease
The following problems with the central nervous system can be the cause of vertigo:
- MS (multiple sclerosis)
- Acoustic neuroma
The causes of dizziness include the following:
- Inner ear infection
- Low blood sugar
- Neurological conditions
- Certain medications
- Low blood pressure
- Traumatic brain injury
To determine the specific cause or to treat your dizziness or vertigo, call your team of hearing specialists at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center.
Vertigo and Dizziness: Symptoms
The symptoms of vertigo and dizziness can be frustratingly similar. That’s why it’s essential to seek professional help in getting diagnosed. If you experience several of the following symptoms, come see us at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center.
- Loss of balance
- Heavy headedness
- Tunnel vision
- Momentarily impaired vision
- Feeling woozy or faint
- Feel the world is spinning around you
- You can’t focus your vision for long periods of time
- You can’t stand or move without feeling like you’ll fall over
How to Treat Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo and dizziness are extremely frustrating conditions, as they affect even the smallest tasks in your daily life. The sooner you can get treated, the soon you can get back to your normal life. The first step in treatment is discovering whether you’re experiencing dizziness or vertigo. At Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center, we will perform several tests, such as neurological examination, balance tests, or a CT scan.
Dizziness treatment and vertigo treatment can look very different. Dizziness can be addressed by changes in diet to correct low blood sugar, low blood pressure or dehydration. Ear surgeries can improve balance. There are also medications and balance exercises you can do to reduce dizziness. Vertigo treatments often include ear surgeries to correct inner ear issues. In other cases when surgery can’t be used, physical therapy can be a wonderful correctional tool.
Contact Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center
The skilled team of certified audiologists at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center provides complete hearing services to prevent, diagnose, and treat hearing loss, offering ear examinations, hearing evaluations, balance testing, custom ear protection, and more. To learn about our services or to schedule an appointment for treatment to address vertigo and dizziness, contact us today at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Centers.