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Top Ten Facts about Vestibular Disorders.

Top Ten Facts about Vestibular Disorders
1.
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and
brain that process sensory information involved with
balance.
2.
Over 35% of US
adults aged 40 years and older (69 million
Americans) have had a vestibular dysfunction at some point in
their lives.
3.
Vestibular disorders can be caused by disease, injury, poisoning
by drugs or chemicals, autoimmune causes, traumatic brain
injury, or agin
g. Many vestibular disorders occur from
unexplained causes.
4.
Symptoms of vestibular disorders include dizziness, vertigo (a spinning sensation),
imbalance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fatigue, jumping vision, nausea/vomiting,
hearing loss, anxiety, and
cognitive difficulties.
5.
Vestibular disorders are difficult to diagnose.
It is common for a patient to consult 4
or
more
physicians over a period several years before
receiving an accurate
diagnosis.
6.
There is no “cure” for most vestibular disorders. They ma
y be treated with medication,
physical therapy, lifestyle changes (e.g. diet, exercise), surgery, or positional maneuvers.
In most cases, patients must adapt to a host of life
altering limitations.
7.
Vestibular disorders impact patients and their families ph
ysically, mentally, and
emotionally. In addition to physical symptoms such as dizziness and vertigo, vestibular
patients can experience poor concentration, memory, and mental fatigue. Many vestibular
patients suffer from anxiety and depression due to fear
of falling and the loss of their
independence.
8.
Common vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV),
Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and vestibular migraine.
9.
In the US, medical care for patients with chroni
c balance disorders exceeds $1 billion per
year.
10.
The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) is the largest patient organization providing
information, support, and advocacy for vestibular patients worldwide
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