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Spotlight on Vertigo

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:38:15 AM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on VertigoIt’s been a while since the Hearlink team has done a deep dive on one of the many hearing impairments that our valued patients and blog readers can undergo. It’s an important part of our mission—educating you, because when we do, you can make informed decisions about your health, properly. We’ve met and worked with dozens and dozens of women and women of all ages, many of whom are terrified about what lies ahead with their treatment journey. Consider these posts just one of many tools that we can provide to help alleviate some of this fear.

 

When you hear the word vertigo, a hearing impairment is probably not the first definition that comes to mind. In fact, you may just start humming along to the U2 song by the same name. But vertigo can be a very serious impairment associated with hearing loss. It’s characterized by a whole range of signs and symptoms. These can include everything from headaches and sharp pains, to intensive snoring, to coughs and runny noses. The latter two, specifically, may make you think that you’re just dealing with a common cold. That is why the dominant symptom to look for, in order to truly know what you’re dealing with, is dizziness.

 

Vertigo vs. Dizziness

 

Here’s the thing, vertigo is a very specific sort of dizziness in that it’s not actually dizziness, more of a perception of movement than actual movement. It causes those impacted to feel very light-headed. Sometimes the feeling of light-headedness is so intense that it can lead to fainting. Even more interesting, even though those impacted feel like they’re fainting, there is no actual loss of conscientiousness.  

 

Curious about what it looks like? Think about spinning or turning very quickly on a dance floor. Or think about jumping up and down while twisting side-to-side. Both of these are indicative of bouts of vertigo. The cadence is also varied. Vertigo can be constant and ongoing. It can also be sporadic and catch you by surprise. It can last seconds. It can last days. Some episodes It can be of little consequence and it can render some that are impacted incapable of attending work for days on end.

 

How To Treat Vertigo?

 

Leaves a little bit of wiggle room, doesn’t it? Vertigo is a great example of why it’s very important to visit professionals like those at Hearlink, in order to help determine a proper diagnosis and care plan. We’ll do a deeper dive in a future post to determine specific illnesses or sources of trauma that can cause vertigo, but there are many. Doctors also see vertigo associated with injuries in the head and the neck and possible brain problems.

 

We can’t stress this enough—if and when you ever notice any of the aforementioned symptoms or signs, get yourself to the closest doctor. When caught early, impairments like vertigo can be contained and properly treated. If gone unnoticed, they can interfere with your lifestyle far more than you’d like. Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. We’d love to hear from you.

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