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Spotlight on Dizziness

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:17:00 AM Australia/Melbourne

As we mentioned last month, we’ll be doing at least one post a month on this blog about how hearing impairment relates to vertigo, balance issues and general neurodevelopment health. It’s an important reminder how intertwined the different systems of our body are, and that they can either work in harmony, or butt heads with each other frequently. Today, we’re talking about balance. No, no—we’re not asking you to jump up on a surfboard and learn to surf waves with the best of them. Nor are we requesting that you enlist the support of one of our prima ballerinas around the world and learn to dance on you tiptoes. We’re talking about the issues that affect more people than you think.


What causes dizziness?


A balance disorder causes you to feel unsteady on your feet, like you may pitch forwards, backwards or to the side at any point in time. At the same time, you may also feel dizzy, light, like you’re spinning or floating above those that you’re with. Unless you’re under the effects of a mind-altering substance, it’s probably spurred on by one of the least-frequently identified disease—balance disorder.


There are a few different players when it comes to balance: you have your visual system (your eyes), your proprioception (the senses of where you are, physically), that most familiar to your team at Hearlink—your vestibular system (your ears). They each play key roles in your balance, so if there is any degree of degeneration, your balance can be negatively impacted.


How to tell if you have dizziness


Spotlight on DizzinessSome of the main signs to look for are:

  • Feeling dizzy or like you have vertigo (Hearlink wrote about vertigo, here)
  • Having difficulty navigating a book or magazine. You may begin to feel lightheaded and not be able to properly focus on the words in front of you.
  • Disorientation, like you forget where you are or don’t recognize your immediate surroundings.
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Changes in your breathing, heart-rate or blood pressure


All of these can be very scary, and as we recently mentioned, there are a group of different things the signs could lead to. They may come and go in waves, or disappear all together for long periods of time.


Your cognitive development may also be impaired by dizziness or vestibular dysfunction. Cognitive development can affect your degree of attention, specifically. Hearlink flags this to many of the parents that we see. If you begin to notice that your child’s, or your, attention is beginning to wax and wane, reach out to your general doctor or your audiologist.


What can you do about it?


Even though dizziness can be attributed to many diseases and impairments, when you’re well-educated about your different options, you’re set up for success. The Hearlink blog strives to provide you with the information that you need. If you have any questions at all about your hearing, your balance, or your general health—give the Hearlink team a shout. We’re available by email, call or in person and we would love to hear from you.

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Hearlink Admin