How does balance work?
A very intricate system, your balance system is comprised of three main parts:
- Sensory systems – systems that indicate where your body is in relation to your environment
- Brain – the organ that processes the information gathered by the sensory system
- Muscles and joints – the parts of your body that synchronize movements needed to keep balance with the information supplied to the brain by the sensory system
All three of these parts have to work correctly and in conjunction in order for patients to have balance.
What are the most common balance problems?
A balance disorder is a common condition that causes a person to feel unsteady, lightheaded, or have the constant feeling of spinning or movement. Most often, balance problems are caused by the vestibular system, also known as the inner ear. The inner ear contains the labyrinth, which is a vital part of our balance system. It is in continuous relation with our eyes, bones and joints, helping the body to maintain its upright position. Other causes of balance problems include the central nervous system (brain), the cardiovascular system (rapid fluctuation in blood pressure), an infection, medications, old age, poor vision and brain tumors.
What other symptoms coincide with a balance problem?
Patients who suffer from imbalance will feel dizzy and unable to keep their balance, but they may also experience:
- Spinning sensation
- Difficulty focusing their eyesight (reading)
- Problems walking in the dark
- Hearing problems
- Pressure and/or ringing in the ears
How can Columbus Speech & Hearing Center help you?
At Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, we utilize the latest diagnostic tools to ensure you receive the proper diagnosis. Then, your audiologist, general physician and a physical therapist will work together to develop a treatment plan that is customized to fulfill your needs.