Dizziness is not a specific medical disorder, but a set of symptoms frequently reported in older adults. Dizziness can be caused by many underlying factors that could involve the eyes, ears, thyroid, lungs, bladder, musculoskeletal system, brain, and heart. The emergency room physician who treats a patient with dizziness has
You probably know that as you age, your eyesight and hearing are likely to decline, but did you know that your senses of taste and smell can go south as well? We start out with thousands of taste buds on our tongues, on our throats and on the roofs of
Smell tests have been widely touted as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), under the theory that the nose knows more about the earliest signs of AD than any other bodily system. The level of difficulty people encounter in identifying certain scents—such as lilac, leather, lemons, strawberry, smoke, soap,
Whether it’s you or your child grappling with middle ear infection symptoms, the pain and discomfort can cause you a lot of sleepless nights. And while there are plenty of home remedies that provide effective earache treatment, signs of bacterial or viral ear infection should be taken seriously. An untreated
There are more health care providers, agencies, organizations, and resources than you might imagine who can help with balance and mobility problems. In this chapter you will find several user-friendly checklists. Make copies of the ones you think will be helpful in improving your balance, increasing your mobility, and decreasing
Many of these underlying conditions are familiar. Others are not as well known, but can be just as debilitating. Here’s the list, in the order they are discussed.
Loss of hearing
Orthopaedic injuries and procedures
Loss of hearing
Most of us don’t necessarily make the connection
The nasal septum is the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half. Sometimes it can deviate to one side, which narrows or blocks the nostril and can make breathing difficult.
In most cases, deviated septum symptoms and the condition itself pose no serious medical problems.
The burning sensation of heartburn in your chest, caused by stomach contents flowing back up into your esophagus (food pipe), can be agonizing. If you experience this more than twice a week for a few weeks, you may have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
GERD affects approximately 20 percent of people
As you age, your voice often becomes weaker and loses its range and quality, a condition called presbylaryngis, or aging of the larynx. The result is that raspy, hoarse tone known as “old age” voice, which can have a profound emotional and physical effect.
“Many older adults begin to feel self-conscious
You often lose your sense of smell when fighting a cold, nasal allergy, or infection. But this condition is temporary, and your ability to recognize scents again returns when your ailment has cleared. For many older adults, however, the sense of smell gradually begins to weaken and fade—sometimes caused by