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Have you ever attended a presentation where a slide has an animated clip (GIF)? And it keeps repeating itself?
Or on social media where a comment has an animated GIF that plays endlessly?
What about visiting a website where the background moves because it’s a video or it has a slide show that won’t quit?
Or getting an email with a signature that’s constantly moving and distracting you from reading the email?
This is a real problem. And it’s more common than most people realize.
How Common Are Vestibular Disorders?
Dizziness and lightheadedness have plagued me for my entire life. Try as I might, I’ll never forget what I had to do from time to time while growing up.
I’d be in bed and suddenly, the room felt like it was spinning. I’d grab my pillow and put it over my head. It was as if the cushioning provided a little relief. Eventually, the dizzy spell passed and I’d come out from underneath my pillow.
It wasn’t until decades later that I learned my problems with vertigo were connected to my being born profoundly deaf.
After I had my cochlear implant surgery, I had the worst vertigo of my life. It lasted for weeks. The doctor referred me to a vestibular specialist. That’s when I found out about the connection between my sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular disorder.
The doctor gave me exercises to help strengthen my vestibular system. I’ve always been good about doing my physical therapy exercises, but I struggled to do the vestibular exercises. They always left me feeling drained and my eyes strained.
This experience piqued my curiosity. If the vestibular disorder came with my deafness, then how many deaf people also had the same problem? I came across a study in the International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery that that has found 70 percent of deaf and hard of hearing children with sensorineural hearing loss have a vestibular disorder.
But that’s not all. It’s not just deaf and hard of hearing people who may be affected.