Feeling dizzy or off-balance? Often issues with balance and dizziness are related to problems in your inner ear. If you feel dizzy even when you are sitting or lying down, you should schedule an appointment for testing.

Do you feel a room spinning sensation when lying down or turning over in bed? You may be suffering from positional vertigo or BPPV. This is the most common cause of dizziness.

Dizzy disorders can be difficult to diagnose and may require multiple tests with a trained audiologist to uncover the cause.

Depending on your symptoms and overall health, we may recommend balance and vertigo tests including the Dix Hallpike Maneuver. If positive, we can offer same day treatment with the Epley maneuver. These tests will not only evaluate the extent of your dizzy disorder but can indicate the cause as well.

Dizziness can affect your quality of life. Call or text us to schedule a balance test: 352-612-3739.

What Is Causing My Unsteadiness?

Other causes of balance issues may include a head injury or ear infection. Low blood pressure can also lead to a feeling of dizziness if you stand up too quickly. Arthritis and eye muscle imbalances are also known to cause balance problems. Advancing age and even certain medications are other common causes of dizziness and balance problems.

How Are Balance Problems Treated?

First, we need to determine the cause of your balance issues, then we can recommend a treatment method.

For example, your balance issues may require a therapist to create a treatment plan especially for you. The plan would include balance retraining exercises to strengthen your balance, increase your energy levels and reduce stress.

There are also positioning procedures – specific head and neck movements that clear the inner ear canal and often improve balance issues.

Diet and lifestyle changes may also improve your balance problems. This includes quitting smoking, as well as reducing salt, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and chocolate. Simple exercises, including walking and low-impact aerobics, may help, as well.

There are anti-vertigo and anti-nausea medications available to relieve balance disorders. The antibiotic gentamicin, or even corticosteroids, can be injected behind the eardrum for those with severe balance problems.

Surgery may be required to alleviate your balance problems if you have Meniere’s disease or another medical issue that can’t be remedied using less invasive methods.