Vestibular Balance Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 1/8/2020

Vestibular balance disorders are a group of conditions characterized by impaired sense of balance. The vestibular system is the medical term for the parts of the inner ear involved with the control of balance, and disorders that affect this part of the body can cause different signs and symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of vestibular balance disorders vary according to the exact cause and severity of the condition. Associated symptoms can include

Cause of vestibular balance disorder

There are many causes of balance disorders, including infections, chronic or acute health conditions, certain medications, and disorders of the inner ear or brain.

Other vestibular balance disorder symptoms and signs


Ear infection or acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear. See Answer

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