But a new study published in the journal Research in Vestibular Science reveals shocking tricks that your vertigo could be playing with your brain.
And what parts of your brain are messed with depends on which ear your vertigo stems from.
Most importantly, once your vertigo is healed, your brain also returns to normal.
Your brain is split into two hemispheres. Although they’re mostly similar, each part has different functions and roles.
When it comes to body movement, your brain crosses over. The right brain hemisphere controls your left leg and arm and the left hemisphere controls your right leg and arm.
The ears and balance system, on the other hand, operate a little differently. The left ear connects to the left hemisphere and the right ear to the right hemisphere.
The question that scientists wanted to answer was: “Does vertigo in the left ear affects the left hemisphere different than the right hemisphere and vice versa.
To find out, they picked volunteers who suffered from vertigo and identified that ear that it stemmed from.
They then used spatial working memory as a measurement since it mostly operates from the right brain hemisphere.
The spatial working memory is your ability to keep spatial information active in your working memory for a short period, such as when comparing two maps, one from what you see and the other from your spatial memory.
This shows that vertigo negatively affected the side of the brain which it stems from, showing that vertigo was not just a problem with the balance system or could increase the risk of falling but could also have severe consequences on your brain function.
Do you experience dizziness when you hear a certain sound? Or perhaps when you hear the old test tone on a television, a mosquito’s buzz, a trumpet, construction machinery, or a baby’s incessant crying?
The sounds may actually be so subtle that you never realized they were the cause of your vertigo attack.
If you do, you may have a condition called semi-circular canal dehiscence, and you may feel dizzy when you cough or when atmospheric pressure changes as well.
Scientists from the University of Utah, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Mississippi have now come up with a possible explanation as to why dizziness occurs as a response to certain sounds and have published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
People with a condition called semi-circular canal dehiscence have an unusually thin bone that encloses their inner ear. This is different from normal people, where the parts of their inner ears that are responsible for balance and hearing is surrounded by a thick, solid bone.
When this bony enclosure becomes so thin that it develops holes, you will begin to feel dizzy, particularly when hearing certain sounds.
In the new study, the scientists wanted to find out why a hole in this bone could cause the balance sensors in your ears to send the wrong message to your brain when it hears these sounds.
Studying toadfish, which have similar inner ear mechanisms to humans, they discovered that the problem related to the inner ear fluid.
Normally, when you move your head, your inner ear fluid starts to flow through the semi-circular canals of your ear, which triggers the eye movements that keep the image you are seeing stable on your retina.
But when there is a hole in the bone surrounding your balance organs, certain sounds will cause this inner ear fluid to start moving when your head is still.
This sends the signal to your brain that your head is moving, which in turn triggers your eyes to move in the wrong direction. This is what makes you feel dizzy.
About one in every 100 people have this condition, and it can be corrected surgically by repairing the bone enclosure.
But an even simpler way would be to identify what sounds are causing your vertigo, and then sit down and play these sounds over and over again till your brain has realized that it’s the sound, not movement of your head, that is causing the movement.
It wouldn’t be too bad to heal your vertigo and have fun playing a virtual computer game at the same time, right?
Well, as long as it works!
A team of Italian researchers has now published a study in the Journal Clinical Rehabilitation that showed how this virtual-reality computer games could enhance the effectiveness of traditional methods.
And the results were quite impressive.
If you suffer vestibular vertigo, then it is probably common for the balance sensors in your inner ear send messages to your brain that your head is moving when it actually isn’t.
See stable on your eyes, making you feel like the world is actually spinning all around in response, your eyes start spinning to keep the image of the objects you.
The only solution available in the traditional medical system is something called vestibular rehabilitation, which attempts to train your brain to use its perception of your body position to create balance, and thereby to bypass the incorrectly functioning balance organs in your ears.
The Italian researchers identified 47 people with vestibular dysfunction and gave 24 of them the standard program of vestibular rehabilitation.
In addition to this standard program, the other 23 were given head-mounted gaming- related home exercises that they were to do for 20 minutes per day for one month.
A year after the treatment program commenced, the subjects underwent a series of tests and completed some questionnaires to examine their level of physical function, reflex speed, eye movements, and their bodies success at adjusting their balance to follow certain movements.
Both groups showed significant improvement when compared to their pre-treatment state, but those who had undergone the double treatment were a lot better than those who had received only the standard vestibular rehabilitation program.
Interestingly, the vertigo exercises I designed years ago and have helped thousands of people use some of the same concepts applied with the computer games technique, without actually relying on computers.
They strengthen the connection between the balance systems in the ears and the eyes and help increase the blood flow up to the brain at the same time.
Therefore, they work for all types of vertigo.
For more ideas on the best vertigo treatment at home, watch this video – How to perform the epley maneuver at home for BPPV
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