A balance disorder is a condition in which a patient feels dizzy or unsteady even while sitting or lying motionless. Patients may also have difficulty in walking or standing, and often stagger or even fall when trying to move.

Balance is primarily controlled by the vestibular system, a network of various structures within the inner ear. Balance disorders arise when these delicate structures are damaged in some way and can no longer function properly.

Common symptoms of a balance disorder include:
- Diziness or vertigo
- Disorientation
- A falling or floating sensation
- Blurred vision
- Lightheadedness

A variety of techniques are used in the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. For more information on specific balance disorders, as well as techniques for dealing with a balance disorder, visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

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