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Vestibular patients also explain the effects of dizziness/vertigo on their life in the same way. Symptoms, such as dizziness and imbalance, pop up abruptly.
They are afraid not to know what's going on with them and sometimes end up in an emergency room enduring a variety of testing to rule out strokes or other cardiovascular issues. Luckily, the research is generally negative. They are diagnosed with vertigo at this stage, given medicine, and sent home.
People also don't know what happened to them, and they still experience dizziness and/or imbalance.
The word "vestibular" is the therapeutic term for the inner ear balance. We have two mechanisms behind the ear: one for hearing and one that contributes to our balance. They're next to each other but they're independent. We may have hearing loss that would not affect our balance and, conversely, we may have balance problems with no impact on our hearing. Often, if the problem is significant enough, it affects both because they are physically close together. The concerns remain independent for the majority.
If we experience a "vestibular event or dysfunction," it means that something has happened that affects the normal function of the balance system. It's tiny but strong in how it affects a person. Vestibular Neuritis and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo are the two most common problems affecting this mechanism.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo contains calcium carbonate crystals that belong to one part of the inner ear, which provide brain information relevant to gravity movement. They sit on a sticky, gel-like matrix (pictured crushed peanuts on top of Jell-O) and, for reasons not yet determined, slip off this matrix and fly to another location in the inner ear where they do not belong. They pass in semi-circular canals and deflect the fluid that occurs, stimulating the ear to induce a very uncomfortable, yet brief, a bit of vertigo.
Vestibular Neuritis is a term that refers to an inflammation of the nerve in the inner ear, usually concerning infection. These infections are most often viral, but they may also be bacterial. An ear infection that causes inflammation may affect the inner ear, or inflammation may be caused by a nerve-affected virus that causes an inflammatory reaction. When an inflammation occurs in an area as small as the vestibular system, it causes pressure that can cause nerve damage. When stress and inflammation occur, the system is over-stimulated, and this sometimes results in a violent episode of dizziness where objects spin for a long time. Spinning can last for hours and typically induces extreme nausea and vomiting.