Feeling dizzy can mean several things, from feeling off-balance or like your head is in a cloud to a spinning feeling. While dizziness can be caused by neurological issues, issues with the ear are frequently the true culprit. Additionally, ear issues can often be caused by nasal or sinus issues, as conditions like eustachian tube dysfunction, middle ear pressure, and inner ear inflammation (labyrinthitis) are normally rooted in the nose and sinuses. Those suffering from chronic sinusitis or allergy symptoms, anatomical issues like a deviated septum, or nasal polyps are also more susceptible to issues with their ears.
Other conditions of the ear that can be attributed to sinus issues include:
- Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion (COME) – this is middle ear fluid buildup with hearing loss and frequently an off-balance feeling.
- Acute Otitis Media (AOM) – this is an ear infection which can cause ear pain, hearing loss, dizziness, and can lead to inner ear inflammation (labyrinthitis)
- Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)– this is negative pressure in the middle ear with popping and a full sensation. There is frequently also dizziness or an off-balance sensation.
- Labyrinthitis – this is inflammation of the inner ear which can cause severe vertigo (spinning sensation), sudden hearing loss syndrome, or both.
Dizziness and Vertigo are issues that need to be evaluated and treated. At Commonwealth ENT, we work to get to the root cause of your issues and provide thorough treatment that will help you to feel better sooner. Call (703) 878-0777 to learn more or schedule an appointment.