Your North Texas Vertigo Therapy Specialists
Statistics indicate that vertigo is common in the general population, affecting more than 5% of adults each year and is partially responsible for more than 50% of the accidental deaths and over 300,000 hip fractures among the elderly.
If you are experiencing episodes of dizziness or vertigo and looking for answers, you might be wondering, “Are there vertigo doctors near me?”
Fortunately, the solution to your dizziness and vertigo is available at Denton Hearing Health Care. Our doctors of audiology combine our expertise with state-of-the-art technology in order to provide simple, non-invasive tests that lead to the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and vertigo.
Diagnosing vertigo or dizziness involves hearing and balance testing to determine the functional state of the vestibular system as well as how it coordinates with the other systems in your body that help you maintain your balance. Testing might include:
These tests help us evaluate how your visual system is coordinating with your other balance systems. Electronystagmography (ENG) uses electrodes to record eye movements while the videonystagmography (VNG) version uses small cameras to record eye movements.
This test helps your audiologist measure the severity of your dizziness caused by the viewing of moving stripes and nystagmus (involuntary eye movement) during rotation. It involves seating you in a motorized chair that swivels from side to side and rotates at a controlled rate.
This test evaluates how well your inner ears, eyes, and the body’s muscles and joints work together to help you maintain your balance. It includes standing on a force-sensing surface with the support of a harness while being subjected to a movable visual surround.
Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) tests help identify vestibular lesions that can contribute to balance issues. After attaching sensor pads to your neck, forehead, and under your eyes, we are able to measure each minute muscle contraction as you react to different sounds.
Your audiologist could use vHIT to measure your vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). When working properly, head movements are accompanied by equal and opposite eye movements (VORs) while limited reactions help pinpoint the cause of your imbalance.
Treatments for Vertigo
Treatment for dizziness and vertigo may include:
Used to treat BPPV, canalith repositioning helps remove the otoconia from the semicircular canal and return them to the utricle. Successful in treating 95% of cases, treatment takes only minutes and requires no more than 3-4 visits.
Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, serotonin or serotonin/ norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs or SNRIs), topiramate, and others can be prescribed to ease the dizziness, vertigo, or motion sickness associated with MdDS as well as other medications to address the buildup of pressure related to Méniére’s disease.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
The most common treatment used to address vertigo is VRT, or vestibular rehabilitation therapy, which involves manual head maneuvers and/or a progressive program of exercises designed to decrease the symptoms of vertigo, help overcome visual issues, and protect patients against falls related to imbalance.
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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Dizziness and Vertigo
Q. Are dizziness and vertigo the same?
A. Although often used interchangeably, dizziness and vertigo are different sensations. Dizziness involves feeling lightheaded, foggy, or unsteady on your feet, while vertigo is an overall sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning, which can cause you to experience dizziness while lying down.
Q. What are some common vertigo and dizziness causes?
A. Although not always related to issues that affect the inner ear, malfunctions in the vestibular system of the inner ear often produce symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and loss of balance, which can be related to:
- Damage to the inner ear due to a cold virus
- Inner ear damage related to head trauma
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which involves the displacement of otoconia from the utricle to the semicircular canals, leading to false signaling to the brain and the sensation of vertigo
- Meniere’s disease, a buildup of pressure in the inner ear
Q. Can vertigo be treated?
A. Although some cases of vertigo resolve spontaneously, it usually responds well to physical therapy, medication, and time. However, due to its seriousness in relation to balance and inner ear issues, consulting with a doctor of audiology for testing and treatment when you’re experiencing vertigo symptoms is recommended.
Q. Can vertigo be confused with the symptoms of other diseases or conditions?
A. Yes. Because dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably, lightheadedness can be related to vascular problems while vestibular vertigo is associated with inner ear issues. In addition, rare types of strokes can cause vertigo, although they usually accompany other neurological symptoms as well.
Schedule an Appointment for Dizziness and Vertigo Testing
Being able to carry out the regular tasks of daily living can be limited by dizziness and vertigo, interrupting your social life and leading to critical injuries caused by balance-related falls.
The vertigo experts at Denton Hearing Health Care have the experience and equipment to accurately diagnose and prescribe the treatment or therapy necessary to address your condition.
After completing and submitting the adjacent form, someone from our team will call you back to help schedule a dizziness and vertigo testing appointment and get you started on the treatment you need.
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