Albuquerque, NM — If you experience chronic balance problems which can interfere with daily living and even feel like an invisible illness, you understand how frustrating it can be to have your day-to-day struggles discounted or even ignored.

That’s why local hearing care provider, Worth Hearing Center, wants to use Balance Awareness Week, September 13–19, 2020, to bring attention to vestibular disorders, such as chronic vertigo, vestibular migraine, and age-related imbalance.

“People with vestibular issues often have difficulty getting a diagnosis. In fact, many don’t see their issues represented in those around them, so they might not realize how common vestibular problems are,” says Christina Piña, Doctor of Audiology, at Worth Hearing Center. “Not only are the symptoms hard to recognize, they’re often hard to describe. We hope that by raising awareness, the general public will be more understanding, and those with vestibular problems will recognize the signs and seek out an audiologist for care.”

Facts from the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA):

  • The vestibular system, which controls your balance and equilibrium, includes parts of the brain, eyes, inner ear, and sensory systems such skin, joints, and muscles.
  • More than 35% of adults ages 40 and older — in both the U.S. and Canada — will experience some form of vestibular dysfunction.
  • Vestibular disorders occur from a range of causes, such as disease, traumatic brain injury, chemical or drug poisoning, aging, autoimmune issues, or ear infection.
  • Most vestibular disorders don’t yet have a cure, but they are treatable.
  • Treatment depends on the specific situation, but medication, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy are the most common treatments. Many with vestibular problems are able to resume a more active lifestyle.

“Your first steps to improving vestibular issues and getting back on more sure footing are to take symptoms seriously and seek help,” says Dr. Piña. “A professional evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan can help you get your balance back.”

About Worth Hearing Center: This full-service audiology practice has proudly helped New Mexico hear better since 2009. With locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, our audiology practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders; we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology. Learn more at www.worthhearing.com.