One form of dizziness is “vertigo” which is the specific complaint of either the environment moving in relation to the patient or the patient moving in relation to the environment. It is usually a spinning or rotatory sensation. Vertigo is usually linked to problems with the inner ear. Ninety-nine percent of people who suffer from vertigo due to inner ear problems will recover with time, without any treatment.
Hearing loss can affect people of any age. One in six adults have some degree of hearing loss, which increase to three in four above the age of 75. Children can also be affected, usually due to fluid or infection in the middle ear but also due to congenital problems or viral illness during early childhood.
Exostosis is the medical term for an abnormal growth of bone within the ear canal. More commonly it is known as swimmer’s or surfer’s ear. The most common cause of exostosis is repeated exposure to cold water and wind which causes the bone surrounding the ear canal to thicken to defend the inner ear.
Tinnitus describes the condition when patients hear noises in their ears or their heads. Usually this noise is masked by environmental sounds. However when it becomes noticeable in every day life, it can become very irritating and becomes known as “tinnitus”. The noises vary in pitch from low frequency to high frequency and maybe intermittent or permanent.
The ear is the organ that detects sound and is also responsible for aiding in balance and body position. Read more about conditions, treatments and surgeries of the ear.