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NIH Public Bulletin – May 2010

Updated Fact Sheet Explains Causes and Treatments of Balance Disorders

Format: Fact Sheet
Institute: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy, as if you are moving, spinning, or floating, even though you are standing still or lying down. Balance disorders can be caused by certain health conditions, medications, or a problem in the inner ear or the brain.

Balance Disorders, an updated NIDCD fact sheet, describes our sense of balance, how our vestibular system (the parts of the inner ear involved with balance) works, the more common types of balance disorders, and treatments and ongoing research supported by the NIDCD.

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This page last reviewed on October 19, 2012

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