Other Causes of Dizziness
Meniere’s disease is the most commonly known inner ear disorder that causes dizziness and hearing loss, but many other inner-ear conditions can cause similar symptoms.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Vestibular neuritis – similar to labyrinthitis but without hearing loss
- Vestibular hypofunction - the reduced function of one or both inner ears
Medical conditions not related to the inner ear can also either cause or contribute to dizziness.
- Changes in eyesight or poor eyesight
- Arthritis in bones and joints
- Reduced sensation in the feet and toes
- Cervical spine disorders
- Low blood pressure
- Stroke or lack of blood flow to the brain
- Vascular or other circulatory problems
- Various cardiac conditions
- Migraine headaches
- Neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Chiari malformation, and damage from neurotoxic medications
Balance disorders are complex problems that require a multi-disciplinary team approach. This team may include a neurotologist, cardiologist, neurologist, primary care physician and vestibular therapist.