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Types of Common Vestibular Disorders

Our Certified Vestibular Therapist can Treat many Different Vestibular Issues

How Common are Vestibular Disorders?

Vestibular disorders are very common and, although usually not life threatening, can severely affect one’s quality of life and lead to limitations in work, physical activity, activities of daily living and socializing. Additionally, they can increase the risk of falls and lead to an increased risk of chronic health conditions.

It is estimated that 35% of US adults aged 40 and older show signs of vestibular dysfunction, with this number increasing significantly with age. Although less common in children and younger adults, vestibular dysfunction can still be a significant problem.

What can Cause a Vestibular Disorder?

The vestibular system is a part of the inner ear that processes specialized information involved with controlling balance, posture, head movement, and eye movements. Vestibular disorders can be caused by many different things including infections, immune system problems, head injuries (e.g. concussions), certain medications, and decreased blood flow to specific areas from stroke or diabetes. They can be further affected by stress, sleep, migraine headaches, anxiety and depression. 

What are the Different Types of Common Vestibular Disorders?

Many vestibular conditions exist, such as:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – most common!
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuritis (inflammation of the vestibular nerve)
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Age-related dizziness and imbalance
  • Vestibular damage due to head injury (e.g. concussion)
  • Bilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Secondary endolymphatic hydrops
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Superior canal dehiscence
  • Mal de Débarquement
  • Persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD)

If you’re experiencing dizziness and balance problems, or any other vestibular symptoms included above, please reach out! We’d love to chat more with you about how vestibular rehabilitation can help 🙂

This service is offered by our Certified Vestibular Therapist Nina Bai.