The attention to our valued patients is run by our audiologist, Dr. Deyanira Gonzalez, who always strives to provide the best personalized hearing care with the latest technology and equipment.
Dr. Gonzalez earned her Ph.D. as and Audiologist at Lamar University in Texas. Dr. Gonzalez has had a successful career in which she has gained extensive experience in clinical and rehabilitative audiology, vertigo and balance disorders working with children and adults.
What is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a professional who is engaged in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adults with hearing, vertigo and balance problems. Audiologists assess, adapt, and dispense hearing aids or other communication systems as part of a comprehensive program enabling aural rehabilitation. Audiologists can act as consultants and provide assistance through hearing conservation programs in industrial and musical environments. Audiologists can refer patients to other specialist doctors when hearing or vertigo or balance problems require medical treatment or surgical evaluation.
How To Talk To Your Doctor About Dizziness (And Make Them Understand)
Sometimes it’s hard to talk to your doctor about dizziness. Part of the problem is that doctors speak their own language, full of long medical terms. If you’ve ever been confused after listening to your doctor explain something, you have heard medical language.
The difference in language between doctors and patients doesn’t just cause confusion for patients, it can also cause confusion for doctors. Doctors are trained to listen to their patients’ symptoms and recognize certain buzz words that lead them to a diagnosis.
For dizziness words like “spinning,” “light-headed”, and “off-balance” will immediately click with how the doctor thinks about dizziness. On the other hand, words like “woozy” and “weak” are likely to draw a blank. They don’t fit with how doctors think about dizziness.
How Doctors Think About Dizziness: Three Types of Dizziness
When you talk to your doctor about dizziness, he or she will listen closely to how you describe the dizziness. Your doctor will listen to your description of what the dizziness feels like and try to see if it fits a specific pattern of dizziness.
In medical school,audiologist and physicians are taught to divide dizziness into three basic types or patterns. There are many different specific causes that can lead to each of the three patterns of dizziness. Still, the first step in finding the specific cause of your dizziness is for your doctor to recognize which pattern it fits.
When you talk to your doctor about dizziness, using words that fit with one of the patterns will help your doctor recognize what kind of dizziness you have.
Three Types Of Dizziness: Light-Headedness, Vertigo, Off-Balance
So what are the three basic types or patterns of dizziness? The medical terms are pre-syncope, vertigo, and dysequilibrium. A more common term for pre-syncope is light-headedness or feeling like you’re about to pass out. Vertigo is a word that is used by doctors and regular people and usually refers to a sensation of spinning. Dysequilibrium means feeling off-balance.
Before you go to your doctor think about how your dizziness feels. It is more like light-headedness, like you’re just about to pass out? Is it more like vertigo or spinning? Or is it more like you can’t get your balance (but without spinning or passing out)?
KEY POINT: Your doctor is more likely to understand you if you describe your dizziness as either Light-headedness, Vertigo, or Off-Balance.
Once you decide what your dizziness feels like use words that will make your doctor immediately recognize the pattern. Here are some examples below.
How To Talk To Your Doctor About Vertigo
Vertigo is the sense that you or your surroundings are moving even when you are actually still.
You can describe vertigo as:
- I feel like I’m spinning.
- I feel like the room is turning around me.
- I feel like I’m on a boat and the wave are rocking back and forth.
- I feel like I just got off a merry go round and am still moving.
- I feel like I’m in an earthquake and everything is moving around me.