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4 Symptoms of Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system refers to the parts of the inner ear and brain that help with balance and eye movement. When aging, disease, or injury affects this system, it can sometimes lead to vestibular dysfunction. This disorder has many negative consequences, including increased risk of injury, a loss of mobility, and even depression. But, if you know what symptoms to look for, you might be able to alleviate them and improve your quality of life.

Dizziness and Imbalance

If you experience lightheadedness, or you feel like everything around you is moving, spinning, or rocking, it might be a sign you have vestibular dysfunction. Also, do you tend to hold onto something, look at the ground to maintain balance, or experience difficulty walking in the dark? If so, it may be vestibular dysfunction.

Trouble With Vision

Vestibular dysfunction can affect your vision in many ways. You might experience nearsightedness, have trouble focusing in busy visual environments or tracking objects, or be sensitive to light and glare — especially coming from computer monitors or digital televisions.

Trouble With Hearing

Sensitivity to loud noises and hearing loss, potentially triggering dizziness and/or imbalance, can occur as a result of vestibular dysfunction. However, the most common symptom related to hearing might be tinnitus, or ringing or buzzing noises in the ears.

Cognitive and Psychological Problems

You might experience difficulty concentrating or understanding conversations, especially with lots of background noise, or even forgetfulness, confusion, and mental fatigue. On a deeper level, vestibular dysfunction can lead to a loss of self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

Recognizing the symptoms is only the first step, but, if you suspect you might have vestibular dysfunction, In Motion O.C. can help. Our physical therapists can prescribe exercises and techniques to end the spinning and sensitivity. Visit our office today!

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