would inner ear problems cause you to faint?

United States
April 29, 2009 12:46pm CST
a doctor told me once that inner ear problems could cause you to be dizzy but never to pass out. my dad has been having these episodes that resemble mini-strokes but yet the doctor things he is just passing out and having weak spells from his ears.. was the doctor that told me that inner ear doesnt cause fainting wrong or is it possible? i have this gut feeling my dads issue is really serious yet his doc isnt worried at all.
6 responses
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
29 Apr 09
i would definitely get a second opinion. i know inner ear issues can cause a great amount of dizziness but i have never heard of anyone fainting from it. did you goole it? i find that doctors are not always right either. my hubby had an episode back in february. he had a terrible headache and went to the er. they diagnosed it as cluster migranes. he went back two days later as he couldnt handle the pain and they did a ct scan - it was a severe sinus infection!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
im trying to talk my mom into getting him a second opinion but she wants to try some stupid ear patches they gave him first.. ugh i have had migraines and sinus infections and both of them are horrible!!
• United States
30 Apr 09
What kind of ear patches, do you know the name?
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• United States
3 May 09
i didnt catch the name but they may switch it anyways.. my mom tried to get them filled and the insurance denied it and wanted to talk to the doctor so they are waiting for approval and etc.. if i find out the name i will try to remember to reply with it.. who knows if they will "allow/cover" what her was originally written
• United States
29 Apr 09
I would say it depends on what you call fainting. If it is dizzy, and weak, unsteady gait then it could be inner ear problems for sure. However if they are losing consciousness meaning to literally be out cold, and unable to respond then that is completely different. I have never heard of someone losing consciousness from an inner ear disorder. Falling down from dizziness, due to inner ear yes, unconscious no. You can always get a second opinion to be safe.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
i think he is doing both but i keep getting different stories when i ask.. i am trying to get my mom to get a second opinion but no luck as of yet
• United States
30 Apr 09
Did they give him a medication such as Antivert, if after about a week the symptoms have not lessened or gone away, then that is a good sign that something else could be wrong.
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• United States
3 May 09
i dont know what they wrote him for because medicare wouldnt cover it without something from the doc so they are having to wait for it to be approved.. hopefully it will be and i will find out the name soon
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I am going to agree with everyone who has said that inner ear issues will cause dizziness, but I haven't heard anyone actually losing consciousness from those type of issues. I would definitely get a second opinion.
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• United States
3 May 09
if i can get my mom to agree.. god knows he wont get one on his own because he hates doctors
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
It probably is serious. I mean, as far as I know, when someone passed out it's usually because of lack of oxygen in the brain. Yeah ear problems can only cause dizziness as one of you cranial nerves for balance is near the auditory area, but never heard it could cause much as passing out. The passing out could be a symptom of something else, other than the ear problem. Does he have some heart or stroke history? Better schedule him for a check up, God bless on him! Ciao!
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• United States
3 May 09
he had this freak of nature thing happen with his aorta valve trying to split (what killed that one celebrity john ritter i think his name was) and they replaced it and everything and he has had a mini stroke sometime in the past but they arent concerned with this being that.. i think its something serious but everyone else seems to not think so..
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I really don't know..I know my son's boss had something similar and went to Mayo and they diagnosed it as ear problems....he was dizzy....had blurred vision...sick to his stomach....all from his ears....he couldn't even drive but I don't know about passing out....
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• United States
29 Apr 09
maybe it is his ears then.. i hope in a way it is because that means its not a stroke or something but it just doesnt seem right.. guess time will tell
@AmAllen (119)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I think inner ear problems can cause fainting. I know that my daughter had a double ear infection and she went into seizure like convulsions. Whether inner ear problems cause fainting or not, if you feel there is something more wrong, press the doctor harder or seek a second opinion. Don't tolerate it just because the doctor said. Though they have more training and knowledge than you they can not be perfect as they are human.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
i tried to get my mom to press on and get a second opinion but she wont so im kind of stuck