Tinnitus and vertigo
Tinnitus and vertigo
Find out all you need to know about Tinnitus and Vertigo, and how to combat the symptoms!
Combined with loss of balance, tinnitus may be part of a condition called vertigo, in which case it will ease as the condition resolves.
This page explores the causes and symptoms of vertigo, and provides an array of natural tips. There's also a Q&A service where you can get answers to all your questions.
The ear is divided into three parts, each of which plays a very specific role:
External ear: collects and directs sound waves through the ear canal to the eardrum
Middle ear: amplifies sound (vibrations) and equalizes air pressure
Inner ear: converts the vibrations into nerve impulses so that the sound can be decoded by the brain.
The inner ear is also responsible for balance.
The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, is what helps us keep our balance. Among other things, it is comprised of tubes and sacs filled with fluid. Each movement of the head triggers a wave of movement in this fluid, which is detected by nerve cells. This information is relayed to the brain, allowing us to establish our spatial equilibrium.
Problems in the vestibular system can cause dizziness, balance problems or even ringing in the ears.
Causes of Vertigo
Vertigo: a spinning sensation, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea… Obviously, something’s not right! Vertigo is most common among the elderly, but it can also affect men and women of all ages. Often, it is an early symptom of an inner ear or neurological problem.
The main causes of vertigo are:
- Inner ear viral infection;
- Ménière’s disease;
- Head trauma;
- Positional vertigo;
- Some antibiotics, when used in high doses or over prolonged periods, can damage the vestibular system;
- Insufficient blood flow to the brain (ischemia).
Practical Tips for Vertigo
- Avoid sudden movements;
- Avoid walking on uneven ground;
- Drink lots of water. Insufficient hydration tends to increase the frequency and intensity of vertigo episodes;
- Reduce consumption of tobacco, alcohol and caffeine;
- Reduce intake of salt, which causes water retention in the inner ear, affecting balance;
- Adopt relaxation techniques;
- Exercise regularly;
- Consider taking Ginkgo: it helps to improve blood flow and the circulation of oxygen to cells. Ginkgo can’t be taken if you are on aspirin or warfarin.
Whether the problem is vertigo or tinnitus, treatment depends on the cause. Don’t hesitate to consult your physician if the symptoms persist or worsen.
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