Does it feel like you have lost your sense of balance? Perhaps you know someone else who appears to have a problem with his or her sense of balance. Be aware that this can be a frightening experience for anyone.
For example, you may have a child that appears to fall over when he or she gets out of bed. You may feel a sense of imbalance and disorientation as you walk around the room. Perhaps you see someone walking down the street and wonder what is wrong with that person, as he or she is not walking right. You wonder if he or she might be drinking.
What is actually happening when one loses his or her sense of balance?
When there are problems with the human vestibular system or the inner ear, it affects a person’s sense of balance. This may also present with other medical symptoms.
The article, “Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance” suggests
“Vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss are typically associated with inner-ear diseases as opposed to CNS diseases.”
Inner ear problems can occur at any age, including those resulting from ear infections common in children. When the inner ear canal becomes blocked, or does not drain properly, a person’s sense of balance is adversely affected.
Early examination, diagnosis and treatment of any ear infections are important, as that can prevent serious neurological problems from occurring later.
Being aware of possible causes of the loss of one’s sense of balance is important.
“Definition of vestibular disorders” lists vestibular system disorders that can affect one’s balance.
“Disorders of the body's balance (vestibular) system in the inner ear due to a tremendous range of conditions including vertigo, Meniere's disease, acoustic neuroma, multiple sclerosis, syphilis, trauma, ear infections, medications toxic to the ear (ototoxic drugs), epilepsy (seizure disorders), etc.”
Parents and others, often become seriously concerned when they see a child or someone else who appears to have lost his or her sense of balance, as it can be alarming.
Initial medical investigation will likely reveal that the balance problem is not as serious as it initially appears. At times, the balance problem may resolve itself without extensive medical treatment, but there are times when medical treatment is required.
When a person continues to have a problem with his or her balance, over a long period further investigation may reveal serious medical problems.
Ear infections or persistent problems with one’s ears usually indicate the need for medical treatment by a professional medical physician. The same is true for problems with one's sense of balance.