Vertigo Glossary

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Dr. Trupti Shirole
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Glossary

Audiologist - Health care professional who is trained to evaluate hearing loss and related disorders, including balance (vestibular) disorders and tinnitus, and to rehabilitate individuals with hearing loss and related disorders.

Auditory Nerve - Eighth cranial nerve that connects the inner ear to the brainstem and is responsible for hearing and balance.

Auditory Perception - Ability to identify, interpret, and attach meaning to sound.

Auditory Prosthesis - Device that substitutes or enhances the ability to hear.

Augmentative Devices - Tools that help individuals with limited or absent speech to communicate, such as communication boards, pictographs.

Cochlea - Snail - Shaped structure in the inner ear that contains the organ of hearing.

Cochlear Implant - Medical device that bypasses damaged structures in the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve, allowing some deaf individuals to learn to hear and interpret sounds and speech.

Ear Wax - Yellow secretion from glands in the outer ear(cerumen) that keeps the skin of the ear dry and protected from infection.

Hearing - Series of events in which sound waves in the air are converted to electrical signals, which are sent as nerve impulses to the brain, where they are interpreted.

Hearing Aid - Electronic device that brings amplified sound to the ear. A hearing aid usually consists of a microphone, amplifier, and receiver.

Hearing Disorder - Disruption in the normal hearing process that may occur in outer, middle, or inner ear, whereby sound waves are not converted to electrical signals and nerve impulses are not transmitted to the brain to be interpreted.

Inner Ear - Part of the ear that contains both the organ of hearing (the cochlea) and the organ of balance (the labyrinth).

Labyrinth - Organ of balance located in the inner ear. The labyrinth consists of three semicircular canals and the vestibule.

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I am having frequent episodes of vertigo. I am diagnosed with Mineare's disease. I had taken Cinnarizine earlier for a month and my vertigo stopped for a month. Then the Doctor prescribed Vertin 16 * 3 for 2 months but no help. The frequency has also increased to multiple times a day now. Now the doctor has prescribed Vertin 24 * 2 for a month. Any help would be appreciated.

When a person is diagnosed with Vertigo and are put on medication, are there any warning sings before hand that they are going to have a dizziness or does it come on instantly without warning?

Hi. In my case, yes thee are some warning signs like i am having some visual problems and headache. What I do is I close my eyes, if I feel like my surrounding is about to spin, i take the prescribed medication immediately(betahistine mesylate). The drug is a graet help in making vertigo manageable, if not prevent it. I hope this piece of information has helped.

You can figure out some onset hints such as Gas formation or blurness/dizziness but most of the times it will be sudden and you will be surprised. You will also noice that walking fast may be an onset for vertigo but not always.

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I'm surrefiing through Vestibular neuritis.Irritation started while talking on cell phone. Does the signal of mobile affects the inner ear?

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I have suffered from BPPV for many years now...... I have tried the eply maneuver a few times. While I have no insurance and very limited finances. I am not sure I am doing the exercise correctly. It seems to help when I can tolerate doing it, but only for a while. I was admitted to the hospital 2 weeks ago and given valum intravenously that seems to be the only thing to ever actually help. Also it seems I have more, longer lasting, and intense attacks in the fall. Has anyone experienced this?

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