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Why do I feel dizzy?


Dizziness is a normal feeling that you get when your brain receives conflicting messages from your inner ears or from your eyes. You can feel dizzy for many different reasons and in many ordinary situations. For example:

  • If you move your head suddenly, you may feel dizzy
  • You might feel dizzy if you've drunk too much alcohol
  • Fairground rides often make people feel dizzy, as do many kinds of travel
  • If you are very dizzy, you may feel sick or actually be sick because your balance organs are stimulated - for example, if you are on a boat when the sea is rough
  • Wearing the wrong prescription glasses can cause lightheadedness and dizziness

These are day-to-day reasons for feeling dizzy and people are not usually worried about them, even if they find them unpleasant. The effects are usually temporary and the symptoms disappear when your balance system is given a chance to settle down.

However, dizziness is also a symptom of an ear condition. The structure of the inner ear helps to maintain balance but if it is affected, this could cause the feeling of dizziness. Conditions such as Labryinthis, Meniere’s disease and Tinnitus can cause this. If you are worried about your dizziness, you can book an appointment to speak to our expert audiologists, or contact your GP.

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