Types of Balance Disorders and Possible Causes
To establish the cause of your symptoms and to determine appropriate treatment your doctor is likely to order one or more of the following tests:
A complete hearing evaluation will determine if middle or inner ear disorders exist which may explain the cause of the balance disorder.
ENG (electric nystagmography)
A series of tests that record eye movements in relationship to moving and static targets.
Your audiologist will use this maneuver to determine if vertigo is evoked from specific head movements.
Eye movements are recorded in response to warm and cool air being introduced to each ear. The recordings will confirm that your vestibular system for each ear is working and responding to stimulation.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans are often ordered to determine if brain conditions may be causing your balance problem.
A group of exercises designed to facilitate recovery from specific balance disorders.
Some medications may help manage balance problems.
Diet and lifestyle changes
Diet and lifestyle changes may help some people with balance problems. Reducing salt, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and chocolate may improve your symptoms.