Balance Problems

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What causes balance disorders?

Some balance disorders are caused by problems in the inner ear. Others may involve another part of the body, such as the brain or the heart. Aging, infections, head injury, certain medicines, or problems with blood circulation may result in a balance problem.

The part of the inner ear that is responsible for balance is the labyrinth. When the labyrinth becomes infected or swollen this condition is called labyrinthitis.

Upper respiratory infections, other viral infections, and, less commonly, bacterial infections, can lead to labyrinthitis.