Most of us have had some kind of dizziness at some point in our lives, maybe for a few seconds if we ‘stood up too quickly’, or if we have been ill. But if you are getting dizzy often or for periods of time, then it is time to get yourself diagnosed. Feeling like the world is rolling around is no fun, and it’s important to find out what’s going on, and if there is anything that can be done to get rid of your dizzy spells.
Here at Physicians Hearing Care in East Tennessee, we can help find out what’s causing your dizziness by giving you a hearing evaluation. Dizziness often comes from your inner ear and brain being out of sync. It can also be linked to hearing loss. But what’s causing the dizziness takes some working out and, along with a hearing evaluation, we need to ask you various questions. Here are some to think about before coming for your evaluation.
Is your dizziness a constant companion, or does it come on in attacks? Does it sneak up on you unannounced or do you get some kind of warning of its arrival? Between attacks, are you dizziness-free or is there always a slight hint of it lurking?
Do you have anything else going on when you get dizzy? Is your hearing affected? Does it prevent you from walking in the dark?
Stoppers and starters
Do you know of anything that can stop an attack, or anything that triggers them or makes them worse?
Your personal dizziness
Everyone’s dizziness is different. Does yours make you feel light-headed or give you a swimming sensation in your head? Do you lose consciousness or have a black out when you are dizzy? Does the world turn around you, or do you turn while the world stands still? Do you get headaches, feel nauseous and about to vomit, or have pressure in the head?
Do you find yourself staggering about, perhaps more to one side than the other? Which side?
Do you actually fall over? In which direction, generally?
Is your vision affected? Or your hearing? Do you have trouble swallowing, or feel numbness in your limbs?
Do you smoke or drink? Have you had new glasses, or a head or neck injury?
You can see from all these questions how working out what’s causing your dizziness can take a while. However, we can help speed things up by finding how your dizziness is linked to damage or some other issues to do with your hearing. Take the first step to solving the mystery by booking a hearing test with us at PHC. We have centres in five locations in East Tennessee.
Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the Director of Hearing Aid Services here at Physician’s Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician’s Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a Clinical Audiologist where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as Director of Hearing Aid Services, where she does an excellent job managing the Audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.