Winter is finally here! Some of us are excited for sledding, skiing, and other fun winter activities, but for a lot of people who have balance problems the winter is no fun. Snow and ice are dangerous enough to walk on without balance concerns and can be almost impossible for someone who has dizziness. Having “balance problems” and having “dizziness” can be one in the same or two completely different problems. I hear people say, “I have dizziness, but that’s normal at my age”, or “I can’t keep my balance, but that has been going on for years and I just hold on to something.” Symptoms of dizziness and imbalance aren’t always “age-related” problems and should always be addressed with a physician or Audiologist. It is true that muscle strength can weaken without consistent exercise and dizziness can be a side-effect of many medications, but age shouldn’t be a reason not to seek help for balance concerns. Dizziness can often be treated and imbalance can be well managed, so completing a medical assessment of why the dizziness and imbalance is happening is the first ‘step’ to preventing falls.
Our office is committed and very pleased to thoroughly assess your balance or dizzy-related concerns and educate you how to best enjoy your winter fun! It’s our priority to keep you safe.
So very true Amy! I have noticed since I have gotten older that I take my time more when walking in the snow because of my “clumsiness”. I feel that there are many balance issues that are not diagnosed since people have a tendency to blame it on aging.
Very nice Amy.
Such good points. I am finding that most of our cancellations during the winter have more to do with our patients being afraid of falling down on the snow and ice than the snow on the roads.
Dizziness shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can be a symptom of something serious…. so why not see your doctor. Better to be safe than sorry.
Very good Amy. Dizziness and balance issues are not to be taken lightly and should be addressed as soon as possible.