Did you ever think that your ears had any other job besides hearing? Many people don’t. In fact, many people aren’t aware of the fact that their ears play an extremely important role in their overall health, including maintaining a well-balanced body.
When you are experiencing issues with balance and dizziness, although there may be other causes for these problems, the number one reason may be your ears.
Your Ear’s Jobs
The ear does an important job: it allows you to hear what is going on around you and what others say.
The ear also plays an important role in sharing messages with your brain. In a way, your ear acts as your own personal GPS, guiding your brain with mechanisms that help your body’s position, your movement, and your overall placement. The information that your ear transmits to your brain helps keep you balanced.
Problems and Causes
Because your ears are such a central piece of the puzzle when it comes to your body’s operation, if your ears are facing any struggles, your entire body will suffer. For example, some of the problems that can be caused by your ears include:
- Issues with balance
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Confusion or clumsiness
- Pain in the ears or eyes
Some of the reasons that you can have issues with your balance can be because your ears are battling an infection, disease or other medical problem.
Acoustic Neuroma, which is when a benign growth, begins to grow on the nerve that connects the inner ear with the brain. This would result in problems transmitting information from the ear to the brain, later causing issues with balance and other medical problems.
BPPV, an issue that is caused by loose crystallized pieces of calcium that have broken up and wind up in your inner ear, can cause dizziness spells, which can relate to balance issues as well.
These are just a few of the medical problems that can cause poor balance.
The Importance of Balance
Because balance is such an important part of everyday activities including walking, it also helps prevent you from becoming overly clumsy, running into unintended items or tripping over things that seem easy to surpass.
As you age, your balance and reflexes begin to diminish, so it is imperative to have your ears checked, especially if you are experiencing problems with your balance.
See an Experienced Neurotologist
Dr. Joshua Light and his team of ear, nose, and throat specialists in West Palm Beach, FL are ready to help you if you are struggling with issues such as balance, dizziness, vertigo, and more. Your ears are a vital piece of your body that should consistently be tested and cared for. If you contact us today at 561-737-8584, we can schedule an appointment, look at the issues you are struggling with, and find a treatment that is available for you.