Statistics on Dizziness and Balance Disorders

If you have dizziness or imbalance concerns you are not alone.  There are reasons why a diagnosis may be difficult.  Here are some reasons why:

1. Did you know that dizziness or imbalance is one of the most common reasons why an individual may go see their physician? 

There are an estimated 5 to 8 million physician visits for dizziness in the United States each year; dizziness is a primary reason for an office visit in the over 75 age group.1

2. You are not alone; millions of people experience dizziness on a daily basis.

It has been estimated that 65% of individuals older than 60 years of age experience dizziness or loss of balance, often on a daily basis.2 

3. Why do physicians find it so difficult to diagnose your problem?

Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.3 

4. Did you know that diagnosing and treating balance disorders is costly?

In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.4

 

Sources:
1. Desmond, Advance for Audiologists July/August 2000.
2. Hobeika CP. Equilibrium and balance in the elderly. Ear Nose Throat J. August 1999; 78(8):558-62, 565-6.
3. Sloan PD, et al. Dizziness: State of the science. Ann Intern Med. May 1, 2001; 134(9 pt 2):823-32.
4. University of Virginia Health System, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Vestibular & Balance Center. http://www.healthsystem.Virginia.edu/internet/otolaryngology/patient_vbc.cfm. Accessed June 2003.