Dizziness is described as feeling woozy or unstable. A feeling of imbalance (disequilibrium) may also be present without the feeling of spinning.
Meniere's disease is a condition that affects the flow of fluid in the ear. The cause of this disease is not known and it usually involves just one ear, although a small percentage of cases affect both ears. The symptoms of this condition may be a roaring in the ears, hearing loss and extreme dizziness.
Various medications can cause damage to the ear, causing daily bouts of dizziness. Gentamicin and streptomycin are two medications that can cause damage to the ear. The symptoms associated with this may be hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo.
Dizziness can be a normal part of the aging process. This is due to a decrease in vestibular function, as well as a decrease in vision, sense of position, muscle strength and brain function. This may lead to dizziness, unsteady walking and forgetfulness.
Doctors use the patient's description of symptoms to diagnose dizziness. The most common treatments of dizziness are medications and vestibular rehabilitation exercises.