What Causes Vertigo, Imbalance & Dizziness?

Vertigo usually comes from a problem with the nerves and structures of the balance system in your inner ear (the vestibular system), which sense movement and changes in your head position. Moving around may make the symptoms worse.

Causes of Vertigo:

  1. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): BPPV causes short, intense episodes of vertigo when changing head position, often when turning over in bed. BPPV is the most common cause for vertigo.


  1. Inflammation on the Inner Ear: Symptoms of inflammation of the inner ear (acute vestibular neuritis) include sudden onset of intense, constant vertigo that can last for several days. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and imbalance.  When these symptoms are associated with sudden hearing loss, this may be referred to as labyrinthitis. Generally, vestibular neuritis usually resolves on its own.


  1. Meneire’s Disease: Meneire’s Disease is caused by an excess of fluid in your inner ear. This disease is uncommon and can occur at any age. Common symptoms include aural fullness, tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss and episodes of vertigo.


  1. Migrainous Vertigo: A migraine is more than just a headache. Sometimes people experience a visual “aura” with a migraine. You may also experience episodes of vertigo with migraines.


  1. Acoustic Neuroma: An acoustic neuroma is a benign (noncancerous) tumor that is found along the vestibular nerve. Symptoms that one may experience with an acoustic neuroma are progressive hearing loss and tinnitus on one side and episodes of dizziness and vertigo.


How Can LAA Center For Balance Help You with Vertigo?

At LAA Center for Balance, inside Lemme Audiology Associates’ Altoona office, we perform comprehensive testing to determine the cause of vertigo. Once the cause of your vertigo is determined, the best form of treatment can be recommended for you.  If you experience dizziness, imbalance or vertigo, call our office at (814) 941-7770 to schedule a vestibular assessment.  Together, we can get you back to your best you.

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