Wake Forest Baptist Health’s balance disorders program offers patients access to specialists who treat the full spectrum of balance disorders, from common dizziness to more complex medical conditions.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints that patients voice to their doctors. Reasons for dizziness can stem from problems with the inner ear, medications, injury or certain medical conditions.

Patients with balance disorders may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Gait and postural instability (feeling unsteady when walking)
  • Lightheadedness (feeling faint or off balance)
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Tingling around the mouth
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Tendency to fall
  • Fear of falling
  • Anxiety

Your Vestibular System

The primary role of the vestibular, or balance, system is to help us interact and maintain contact with our surroundings in a safe and efficient way. We gather information through visual, somatosensory (sensations like touch) and vestibular (balance and motion) senses, which are processed by the brain.

As we move through the environment, our visual and somatosensory reference information constantly changes, but our balance and motion reference stays the same. As long as this equilibrium is maintained, we move freely with little thought to balance.

When a sensory conflict occurs from a medical condition or injury, the brain must quickly adjust, and vertigo, dizziness or a sense of imbalance may result.

Types of Balance Disorders

There are many types of balance disorders. Our experienced doctors work closely with you to determine the cause of your symptoms and a treatment plan that provides relief.

Types of balance disorders include:

Our Balance Disorders Experts

At Wake Forest Baptist, our ENT physicians and audiologists are experts in advanced techniques to manage the full range of balance problems.

We understand that balance problems can be debilitating and make even the simplest tasks difficult to accomplish.

We work closely with each patient to create a customized treatment plan that improves physical function, quality of life and overall health, so that you can return to the activities that you enjoy.