Vertigo can be difficult and even sometimes scary to deal with. It causes a feeling of spinning or dizziness even when you’re sitting or laying down, making it hard to feel comfortable being active. Fortunately, vertigo can be treated with the right steps from your Doctor of Audiology, meaning you can get back to living your best life.
At NYHD, we understand that good balance means you can do the things you love most. With the latest in vertigo treatment options and therapies, we can create a customized treatment plan for you and your lifestyle.
Vertigo is a feeling of spinning even when there’s movement or motion involved. Central dizziness, or central vertigo, is one type that is caused by a loss or change in blood flow to the central vestibular areas of the brain. This lapse in blood flow can be caused by certain health concerns or injuries to the brain. This can include things like head injuries, migraines, strokes, or infections. Unlike peripheral vertigo or BPPV, central dizziness can be more intense and last for longer. It can also cause associated symptoms like unwanted eye movements, headaches, weakness, nausea, and problems swallowing.
Without treatment, central vertigo can have a very negative effect on your lifestyle and your wellbeing. It can make you prone to falls or injuries, as well as taking a large toll on your ability to be active and mobile. It’s important to find treatment for central vertigo with the help of your Doctor of Audiology because it’s often caused by serious health concerns. We can partner with you and your primary physician or healthcare team to make sure you’re receiving the care you need for central dizziness while also keeping an eye on the causes.
During an appointment with our Doctors of Audiology, we’ll discuss your symptoms and any possible causes for your central vertigo. This might also include some tests to determine your symptoms and what happens when you experience bouts of dizziness, like uncontrolled eye movements. Treatment for central dizziness can begin with some medications to help manage your symptoms and reduce any discomfort. It’s important to consult with a vascular-neurological specialist to determine the cause of your central vertigo so you can begin to treat the underlying conditions. One great option to manage your vertigo is through vestibular rehabilitation, and your Doctor of Audiology can recommend your best options during your appointment and refer you to the right specialist.
How is central vertigo different than other types of vertigo?
Central vertigo is caused by injury or loss of blood flow to the vestibular region of the brain. Other types of vertigo can be caused by inner ear dysfunction or infections.
Does central dizziness go away on its own?
Bouts of central vertigo often come and go without warning, causing risks of falls or other injuries more likely in affected individuals. If you have experienced multiple episodes of vertigo, it’s important to see a balance and hearing expert to diagnose and treat your central vertigo.
Is vertigo treatable?
Yes, there are many options for treating central dizziness and other forms of vertigo, including medication and vestibular rehabilitation.
Is central dizziness a symptom of something else?
Generally speaking, yes, vertigo is a sensation that’s caused by a certain condition in the inner ear or central nervous system.
When should you worry about vertigo?
You can see your doctor about any recurring, extended, or severe bouts of vertigo.
How do you know if you have central vertigo?
Generally, central vertigo is very debilitating and can impede your ability to move normally. You may also have symptoms like nausea but rarely any impact on your hearing ability.
How is central dizziness treated?
Certain medications can achieve relief from vertigo symptoms, and your Doctor of Audiology can also various different therapies performed both at home and in office.
Is central vertigo dangerous?
Central vertigo can be dangerous when it affects your ability to move normally (putting you at greater risk of falling). You should always see a Doctor of Audiology if you experience vertigo.
What is central dizziness?
Also called central dizziness, this is a condition where you experience a false feeling of spinning or moving while remaining still. Its caused by a dysfunction of the central nervous system.
What are the symptoms of central vertigo?
The main symptoms of central vertigo are a feeling of spinning, reeling, or moving. However, it can also include symptoms like weakness, facial paralysis, eye movements, difficulties seeing, and difficulty swallowing.
Central vertigo can take a toll on your lifestyle, but our Doctors of Audiology are here to help. With the right treatment steps and vertigo therapies, you can manage your symptoms and get back to living your best life. To schedule an appointment with our team, we invite you to contact our New York City office by calling (212) 774-1971 or filling out our online form.