The human body is an interconnected network of nerves, veins and arteries. An issue in one part can disrupt the functioning of the entire body, making the person sick and depressed.
Vertigo and tinnitus are two of the most common diseases of the nervous system, caused by the imbalance of fluids in the internal parts of the ear.
Vertigo is the name given to dizziness or out of normal motion of the surroundings. This “swirling of one’s surroundings” can range from some seconds to minutes. These dizzy episodes can vary so widely that one person may be able to tolerate it while others may get it with such intensity that they may completely lose their balance and fall.
Whereas tinnitus is the name given to the sounds perceived by your ear and brain, this is due to the damage of nerves in the inner ear. These include buzzing, humming, roaring, ringing and whistle-like noises, and they tend to disturb more in a serene and quiet environment.
The initial connection between these muffled noises and dizzy backdrops is that the major cause of both these conditions is in the inner ear. The damage in the ear canal or the sensitive nerves can bring about these issues. The fluid imbalance is the major reason from where these issues conceptualize, irritate, become the first step and can even end in hearing loss.
Vertigo and tinnitus and both are symptoms of Meniere’s disease. They may occur simultaneously or individually. The disease and symptom can affect one or both the ears. These symptoms are also quite evident in the patients suffering from Acoustic neuroma, a benign ear tumor which causes ringing in the ear, dizziness, temporary and potentially permanent hearing loss.
Another common factor which connects vertigo and tinnitus is that both are believed to be “incurable”. Surgery and the use of hearing aid are thought of as merely temporary solution to the issues. Though some medications are available, many of them will only reduce the symptoms or their severity to the extent possible and help a tinnitus sufferer cope.
Vertigo and tinnitus both have the capacity to shatter the confidence of the patient and disrupt their life patterns. However, medication and counseling can help change a sufferer’s mindset and learn to live a perfectly happy and healthy life.