Inner Ear Disorder Symptoms

It’s important to describe what you feel to your health care provider to get a proper diagnosis. When reporting your symptoms, be aware of how long they lasted (seconds, minutes, hours, days) and what you were doing when they occurred. Try to distinguish if you’re experiencing one or all of the following:

  • Dizziness – feeling faint, lightheaded or like you’re going to pass out
  • Vertigo – feeling that either you or your surroundings are spinning or rotating
  • Disequilibrium – being off balance or unsteady sometime accompanied by dizziness or vertigo

Talk with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat specialist). You may also be referred for vestibular therapy.

If you have more than one of the above, make sure you let your physician know details about each symptom.

The ear consists of external, middle, and inner structures. The eardrum and the three tiny bones conduct sound from the eardrum to the cochlea.