Third Window Syndromes

New discovery in vestibular sciences

Third Window Syndromes
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Third Window Syndromes

This group of conditions is a relatively new discovery in vestibular sciences and generates some exotic symptoms that include hearing your own footsteps; hearing your eyes move; distorted hearing of your own voice and feeling dizzy with loud sounds or coughing or sneezing. The condition is due an abnormal connection between the inner and the middle ear. It can mimic any audiovestibular condition and accurate diagnosis based on criteria for suspicion is vital for treatment. Surgery is an option as is rehabilitation.

Complete recovery from the balance side is possible if one ear is affected as the normal side takes over; however hearing loss may be permanent. Treatment entails rest, fluids, antibiotics in some cases and hearing and balance rehabilitation if there is permanent damage.

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Vertigo & Balance Centre

The Sheffield Vertigo & Balance Centre is a multidisciplinary clinic for diagnosis and management of disorders of the human balance system. The human balance system operates through three peripheral sensors – the eyes, the muscle and joint senses and the ears to enable a subject to orient himself in space.