Even though tinnitus with vestibular disorder sounds difficult for most people, but in reality these are simple clinical terms – tinnitus standing for various strange and bizarre sounds heard by people who are affected with it, while vestibular disorder relates to balancing problems resulting in vertigo, dizziness, etc. And surprisingly enough both originate from the same source – the inner ear. As a matter of fact, the human ear is provided with an acoustic or hearing nerve and a vestibular or balancing nerve to maintain equilibrium and when something goes wrong with one, the other gets affected too. Generally speaking, the following course of events takes place in both the cases.
When the acoustic or the hearing nerve is injured, hearing problems arise. These may include loss of hearing and tinnitus.
When the vestibular or balancing nerve is affected, it creates balancing problems, vertigo, giddiness, etc.
In trying to analyze the underlying causes relating to tinnitus that creates the phantom sounds in the ear and vestibular disorder that gives rise to vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance – we must take into account the body’s inherent immune system as well as its inflammatory response structure, both of which play their respective parts in dealing with both the issues. The immune system, under normal conditions, keeps the body healthy and fit, free of infection and disease and in general, looks after the wellbeing of all bodily organs. But when its beneficial effects are somehow weakened, it tells upon the organs too. In the case of the ear, especially the middle ear which is the most important part, it becomes exposed to infection and decay. This, as you may appreciate, affects the nerves that are associated with the acoustics as well as the vestibular or balancing devices, causing them to flounder or play havoc. This is one of the most critical causes behind vestibular disorder with tinnitus or tinnitus and vestibular disorder as both are crucially co-related.
Coming down to the body’s own inflammatory response system, we are faced with a totally different picture. In the case of vestibular disorder with tinnitus, it makes a blatant mistake which instead of preventing the issue, causes it to develop and grow. Under normal circumstances, if anyone accidentally injures an ankle while roller skating or biking, the inflammatory response system immediately pumps extra fluid to counteract the damage caused to the ankle which gets swollen up. It also happens when an eye is fortuitously exposed to dust or any irritating agent – some amount of extra fluid is secreted to wash the irritant out. However, in the case of inner ear problem, it works as a boomerang. To know how and why it happens, please read on.
Vestibular disorder with tinnitus – how it happens
The inner ear, other than having sundry hearing device comprising fine bones, cartilages, nerve endings, etc also have a small space that is normally kept healthy and pliant with a limited quota of fluid in it. However, when it suffers injury or becomes infected, the inflammatory response system tries to flood it with additional fluid in an effort to ‘wash out’ the infection. But that extra fluid finds no room to expand within that confine, as a result of which pressure builds up within the inner ear. The pressure thus created then starts to harass the surrounding bones, cartilages, etc and when failing to do so, starts affecting the nerve endings when all hell breaks lose. As soon as the acoustics nerves are affected, they start sending erratic impulses to the brain and the brain in turn keeps on transmitting ghoulish sound waves to the ear, thus giving birth to tinnitus. The effect of the fluid pressure on the vestibular nerves makes them go haywire too. The abnormal pressure on the nerves totally upsets the balancing mechanism, giving rise to giddiness, vertigo and related problems.
If there is any lesson that can be learnt from this, it consists of the fact that there is practically neither any preventive measure nor any cure for vestibular disorder with tinnitus, except tuning up the body’s immune system. As for the body’s inflammatory response system, none has the ability to re-train it. The one and only answer to the problem lies in taking a holistic approach towards controlling the disease for which a brief guideline is given below.
Holistic guidelines to keep away from Vestibular Disorder with Tinnitus
Cut down the consumption of meat or meat-based food items like ham, sausage, bacon, liver, etc.
Give up alcohol or alcohol-based beverages.
Consume fruits and vegetables in sufficient quantity. Also good are organic food, food that are rich in vitamins.
Start yoga and Vedic exercises including deep breathing
Give up smoking altogether. This includes cigarette smoking or pipe smoking, no matter how much nicotine they are supposed to filter out.
Do not indulge in using medicated nasal sprays or ear drops.
Do not go for antibiotics or ototoxic medications unless an infection turns septic and that too only according the guidance of known medical practitioner.
Lead simple, uncomplicated life and arrange to have adequate sleep.
Discontinue all medications save and except those that are essential for any special type of disease condition that requires all-time consumption.
Change lifestyle, if necessary; remain healthy for the rest of your life.
Note: Contrary to conventional modes of treatment that treats the symptom instead of the disease, holistic treatments treat the body considering it as a whole entity. Its aim is to identify the root cause of the disease and then specify the remedy which may consist of a change in diet, change of habits, change of profession and change in lifestyle. Pursued rigorously, it sure would provide freedom from vestibular disorder with tinnitus for good.