Common condition affecting balance

At Penn State Health, our team of otolaryngologists knows that dizziness and vertigo (spinning) can have a profound impact on your quality of life. Our team has created a specialized dizziness clinic that offers leading-edge vestibular testing, including:

  • Electrocochleography (ECoG)
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP)
  • Videonystagmography (VNG)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is the only locally based academic medical center in central Pennsylvania to provide advanced testing and comprehensive treatment options to our patients with dizziness. We are committed to superior communication, excellence and best practices to help make a lasting impact on our patients’ daily lives.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

The most common symptoms of dizziness include:

  • Affected balance
  • Disorientation
  • Lightheaded
  • Nausea
  • Spinning (vertigo)

To be diagnosed with a dizziness condition, a member of our otolaryngology team will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive exam. We offer advanced vestibular testing to help evaluate what is causing your dizziness. Once we have determined the root of your dizziness, we will work together with our team of audiologists and physical therapists to create a specialized treatment plan. Most of our patients can make a full recovery and return to their daily activities.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care

Multidisciplinary Dizziness Care

The otolaryngology experts at Penn State Health are here to help you or your loved one with dizziness or vertigo. Our comprehensive treatment plan requires a multidisciplinary approach involving physicians assistants, physicians, audiologists and physical therapists. Most causes of vertigo and dizziness can be treated with medications and physical therapy maneuvers. Surgery is also an option for some of our dizziness and vertigo patients. Patients with Meniere’s disease (spinning attacks) can be cured with a surgical procedure. Our dizziness clinic offers a subspecialized group for patients with Meniere’s disease.

Commitment to Clinical Trials

The Otolaryngology team at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is committed to furthering dizziness and vertigo research. We are actively involved in clinical trials to research safe and effective treatment options. To learn more about clinical trials available at Penn State Health, visit StudyFinder.

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