Hearing management

Posted by: dizzyman | 2008/05/27


Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction


I wonder if you can give me some advice. I am a 30 year old male who has presented with dizziness, balance issues for the past 8 years. After undergoing tests for everything possible i finally had a balance test and the findings showed i have a left peripheral vestibular dysfunction of 45%. In combination with this i suffer from anxiety and seem to find my symptoms go hand in hand with each other.

I have been for physiotherapy rehabilatation which marginally helped and have found that taking a daily dose of fluoxetine has helped my problem. However i am still battling with this condition and find it increasingly more and more difficult to do my job. I am a surgical rep and spend a lot of time in theatre and hosptals. I have found that lifts, neon lights trigger my balance disorder and thus have a hard time on a daily basis.

My question to you is that currently i am taking leave on and off from work, but feel it is unfair on my employer. They don't quite understand my issue as i am not lying in a bed or a hospital, and on the face of it don't seem to be sick. I want to know what rights i have in terms of taking permanent leave from my job or alternativeley requesting a different position in my company, one that doesnt entail theatres and hospitals.

Please advise me

Many Thanks

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Dizzyman

I would recommend that you get a detailed report from your Ear, Nose and Throat specialist as well as from your Audiologist, explaining the condition, its treatment and everyday life implications. Then present it to your management and see if you and the company can work out something sensible. It would be better for you to be able to keep on working. I am not sure what the company policy is though.

Please let me know if you need any further information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Rainmaker | 2013/07/02

Good Morning I am a 35 years old male living in the free state. for more than 8 years I am experiencing dizziness, I sometimes fell like I am going to fall. I am unable to walk in an open space. My mouth gets dry and my sight gets blurred. My left leg gets weak and I get short breath. But when I am drunk, none of the above happens to me. I went to many GP's and they have given me multi-vitamins and hypertension treatment but I am not getting help. Please help me.

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Posted by: pontoon | 2008/06/26

Goodmorning, I fully sympathise with you having the same symptoms, but mine are relate to the surgical removal of an AN. The vestibular nerve was resected, but I am now plagued by a feeling of being on a pontoon. The Fluoxetine has helped significantly but the overall dizziness effects my work and social life. I have the same problems with lights, noice and general movement makes it worse. My employer has supported me with working 4 days a week and one off in the middle. This has really helped. I also do the occasional work from home and this reduces the effects of public transport on my balance. I have also found after seeing neurophysio, that to blindk or close one eye when I have to move my head from side to side or chage 180 degreee postion helps to reduce the dizziness.
I wish you luck in finding some solutions to this horrid problem.

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