What are the Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder?


  1. Vertigo and Dizziness
  • Spinning sensation, an illusion of movement of self or the world (vertigo)
  • Lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation (dizziness).
  1. Balance and Spatial Orientation
  • Imbalance, stumbling, difficulty walking straight or turning a corner.
  • Clumsiness or difficulty with coordination.
  • Difficulty maintaining straight posture.
  • Tendency to touch or hold onto something.
  • Difficulty finding stability in crowds or in large open spaces.
  1. Vision
  • Trouble focusing or tracking objects with the eyes
  • Discomfort from busy visual environments such as traffic, crowds, stores and patterns.
  • Sensitivity to light, glare and moving flickering lights
  • Sensitivity to certain types of computer monitors and digital televisions.
  • Poor depth perception.
  • Increased night blindness, difficulty walking in the dark.
  1. Hearing changes
  • Hearing loss, distorted or fluctuating hearing.
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or other noises in the ear).
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or environments.
  • Sudden loud noises may increase symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance.
  1. Cognitive
  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention, easily distracted.
  • Forgetfulness and short-term memory lapses.
  • Confusion, disorientation, difficulty comprehending directions or instructions.
  • Mental and physical fatigue