by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
If your balance (vestibular) system has largely been destroyed by taking various ototoxic drugs, by viral attacks on your vestibular system, or from conditions such as Meniere’s disease, you typically have to work hard to keep your balance. However, certain movements, “busy” scenes and other situations can, without warning, cause you to become dizzy and lose your balance.
If you have a damaged balance system, you may already be aware of some of these visual triggers. However, there are probably a number of others that you may not have recognized.
A group of people with severely-damaged vestibular systems due to Meniere’s disease shared the below list of visual triggers that often cause them grief. This list of visual triggers includes:
— Watching a big screen TV or going to movie theaters
— Looking up/down suddenly
— Walking down a visually-busy aisle in a store
— Driving on a “cloverleaf” highway ramp
— Walking beside flowing water such as a river (as opposed to walking beside a lake)
— Cars rushing by as you walk down a road
— Walking on a track with joggers zipping by
— Walking in a steeply sloped theater or arena
— Cars speeding in the opposite direction as you are driving on a narrow road
— Moving lights, especially in a disco
— Walking in the dark, or on a dimly lit path
— Looking back in response to a call
— Zipping past street lights while riding in a motor vehicle
— Walking in a crowd
— Sailing in a small boat vs. in a large ship
— Walking up or down steps, or an incline
— Moving lights at night when driving
— Bicycles zipping by