Disorders of the body’s balance (vestibular) system in the inner ear due to a tremendous range of conditions including vertigo, Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuroma, multiple sclerosis, syphilis, trauma, ear infections, medications toxic to the ear (ototoxic drugs), epilepsy (seizure disorders), etc.
Diagnosis is by neurological tests, including Electronystagmography (ENG), in which the patient’s response to movement requests and questions about spacial positioning are observed. It can sometimes be confirmed by imaging or directly viewing inner ear structures or brain function. Treatment depends on the cause of the disorder, but may include medication, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy (particularly sensory integration therapy), or lifestyle adjustments.
- Vestibular neuronitis
Inflammation of the vestibular nerve, the nerve running to the vestibule. (The vestibule is in the inner ear. Like an internal carpenter’s level, it and the semicircular canals work with the brain to sense, maintain, and regain balance and a sense of where the body and its parts are positioned in space.) Vestibular neuronitis is […]
- Vertigo: Treatment, Symptoms, and Causes
Have you tried vestibular rehabilitation exercises (Cawthorne head exercises or the Epley maneuver) for your vertigo? Did they help? View 5 Comments • Submit » Vertigo is a feeling that you are dizzily turning around or that your surroundings are dizzily turning about you. Vertigo is usually due to a problem with the inner ear […]
- Vestibular system
A system that is composed of the vestibular apparatus, the vestibulocochlear nerve, and the parts of the brain that interpret and respond to information derived from those structures.
In medicine and dentistry, a space or cavity at the entrance to a canal, channel, tube, or vessel. For instance, the front of the mouth is a vestibule.
- Vestibule of the ear
A cavity in the middle of the bony labyrinth in the inner ear.