Hearing loss and dizziness, though both common, can be symptoms of other health problems. Many things can cause these symptoms, but they do often occur together. They also should not be overlooked.
Dizziness can be frightening if it comes on suddenly. It can also be difficult to find out what is causing it. It can be a sign of many things going on in the body, but frequently is associated with an inner ear problem. The inner ear is an important part of our hearing and controlling our balance. Dizziness is often used interchangeably with vertigo. Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness and a sense of feeling unsteady and losing your balance, while vertigo is a sensation of spinning and movement. Often nausea, vomiting, increased heart rate and blood pressure may accompany the experience.
Labrynthitis and vestibular neuritis are two conditions that can result in both dizziness and hearing loss. Labrynthitis and vestibular neuritis are both an irritation and swelling of the inner ear as a result of infection. The cause of these conditions is usually a virus but can be bacterial. If you’ve had a cold or flu, that can bring about the symptoms. There are even certain medications that can irritate the inner ear. They normally go away after a few weeks.
Other diseases of the inner ear can cause dizziness and hearing loss, like Meniere’s disease, as well as other infections or even foreign matter in the ear. Meniere’s disease involves a problem with the balance of inner ear fluid that can cause dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, sensation of ear fullness and variable hearing loss.
Be aware that hearing loss is often due to aging or exposure to loud noise over time, but it may be the side effect of something more serious. If you are experiencing dizziness and hearing loss, consult with your doctor to find out if you have a medical condition that needs treatment. If you have, questions about hearing loss or treatment, our staff is here to help. Visit Sandia Hearing Center for a hearing test and consultation. Call us at 719-634-6260.