Balance & Dizziness

How Dizziness Relates to Hearing

Did you know that your ear is the only organ responsible for two senses: hearing and balance? Because these two senses are tied to one another, when one isn’t working properly it can often affect the other in a significant way. If you have ever had an episode of dizziness and have been treated by a trained medical professional, then there’s a good chance you have also had your hearing checked at the same time.

Commonalities

Your hearing and balance are linked inside of your year. The part of the inner ear that is responsible for hearing is called the cochlea. Inside the cochlea are hair cells and 2 types of fluids called endolymph and perilymph. The part of your inner ear responsible for your balance is referred to as the vestibular system. Since the vestibular system contains endolymph, perilymph and hair cells, the connection between hearing and balance is created.

Symptoms of Dizziness

If you experience vestibular problems, the sensation you feel might include an unsteadiness while walking, especially in the dark. Other symptoms may include:

  • Faintness, nausea, and pale or clammy skin
  • Loss of balance
  • Vertigo (a spinning sensation)

If you have been experiencing dizziness and you believe it has affected your hearing, contact us for professional medical treatment.

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