The ear is connected to balance and spatial awareness because it hosts the body’s vestibular system. The vestibular system is a sensory system that is involved with providing the brain with information about motion, spatial orientation, and equilibrium. It works together with the body’s eyes, muscles, and joints to maintain good balance and posture. If even one of these systems is compromised, it disrupts a person’s normal sense of balance.
Hearing loss could be a symptom of a balance disorder happening in the inner ear. Other hearing related symptoms include:
- Distorted or fluctuated hearing
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Ear pain
- Sensation of fullness in the ear
Sudden loud sounds may also increase symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance.
Since there are many causes of hearing loss, receiving a hearing test from an audiologist should be an essential part in maintaining your overall health. Early detection is key in developing a treatment, improve your quality of life, and to help maintain good hearing health.