Ear Nose Throat and Allergy
Vertigo is not a disease but a symptom of balance disorder which can be due to any number of causes. It is defined as an “illusion” or “hallucination” of movement. It is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning when there is no actual movement.
Vertigo or Dizziness occurs when the inner ear malfunctions from a variety of causes creating an imbalance between the semicircular canals. Vertigo caused by a dysfunction of the inner ear creates a sensation of spinning or turning and may cause nausea. The more common cases of Vertigo include:
The ear is a complex organ that allows detection of sounds around you and also assists in maintenance of balance. Sound is collected through the external ear and ear canal, which vibrates the eardrum and ossicles which are tiny bones behind the eardrum. The cochlea (inner ear) then picks up the sound waves and generates nerve impulses to the brain that we interpret as sound. The semicircular canals are three sets of balance receptors that give the brain information to maintain your balance. When the semicircular canals are not working properly, this may cause dizziness.
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