As we further explore vestibular causes of dizziness, it is important to seek medical help to get the right diagnosis. Below are some common causes of dizziness that’s related to vestibular dysfunction:
- Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis: Inflammations caused by a viral infection that can result in damage to hearing and vestibular function (labyrinthitis) or damage to vestibular function only (vestibular neuritis).
- Ménière’s disease, Involves abnormalities in quantity, composition, or pressure of the endolymph (one of the fluids within the inner ear) accompanied by tinnitus and hearing loss. It is a progressive condition.
- Middle ear pressure changes: Such as from colds or allergies, can result from swelling of the Eustachian tube or the presence of fluid in the middle ear.
- Migraine-associated vertigo (MAV): Is typically characterized by head pain with symptoms associated with a vestibular impairment such as dizziness, motion intolerance, spontaneous vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound, tinnitus, imbalance, and spatial disorientation.
- Otitis media: A bacterial infection of the middle ear, and meningitis is a bacterial infection of the brain covering that may spread to the inner ear.
- Ototoxicity: Caused by exposure to certain drugs or chemicals.
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