What controls your hearing?
The inner ear contains the bony labyrinth which is comprised of the cochlea, semicircular canals, and the vestibule. The semicircular canal deals the most with balance. While all parts are essential for proper hearing, the vestibular system is the main regulator of your anatomical balance. Balance is a choreographed arrangement that takes sensory information from a variety of organs and integrates it to tell the body where it is in relation to gravity on the earth. Like clockwork, the gears in your ear seamlessly send electrical signals to your brain, allowing you to stand upright and interact with your environment. The balance system enables us to stand, walk, run, and move without falling. Balance and hearing are in two separate categories however, they both significantly impact each other. Chances are if one is not properly functioning then the other negatively affected.
Other complications arise when your hearing and balance are not in tune:
- Chest pain
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Falling or problems walking
- Weakness in your arms or legs
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Sudden hearing loss
- Severe neck stiffness
- Head trauma or injury
- High fever
If your vestibular system begins to have problems some disorders and diseases to watch out for are:
- Vertigo: The sensation that the room is spinning
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): an inner ear disorder that causes a spinning or whirling sensation when you move your head
- Labyrinthitis: Inflammation of the inner ear structure, the labyrinth
- Meniere’s Disease: a set of episodic symptoms that includes vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, and a sensation of fullness in the affected ear
Schedule an appointment with one of our professional audiologists to check up on your hearing.