Read below about imbalance or floating feeling, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your imbalance or floating feeling from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Disequilibrium

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having imbalance or floating feeling

Take Quiz

A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Imbalance or Floating Feeling

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced imbalance or floating feeling. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a common disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of intense dizziness with head movements. It is believed this is caused by tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear that become dislodged from their usual position within the inner ear.

    Condition will either resolve on its own or is highly treatable with a physical maneuver.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, episodic dizziness, vomiting, vertigo (extreme dizziness), dizziness
    Symptoms that always occur with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo:
    episodic dizziness
    Symptoms that never occur with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo:
    hearing loss, heartbeat sound in the ear, ringing in the ears
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Atrial Fibrillation

    An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. The atria comprise two out of the four chambers of the heart. When their beat is disturbed, symptoms such as a racing heart, chest pain, breathlessness, and dizziness may occur.

    More than 1/2 of people with short term atrial fibrillation get their normal heart rhythm back in less than 2 days without any treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Temporomandibular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear, and it connects the jaw to the side of the head. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition which can be caused by excess tension in jaw mucles, faulty alignment between upper and lower teeth, arthritis in the joint, or injury of the jaw or face.

    Outcome is highly case-dependent.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, history of headaches, jaw pain, pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder:
    pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Non - Urgent Tinnitus Needing Hearing Tests

    Tinnitus is the experience of having "ear noises" that is often described as as a whistling sound. It's very common, especially as you get older. Depending on the severity and type of tinnitus, you need different types of investigation.

    Tinnitus can come and go but is also permanent in some individuals

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ringing in the ears, ear pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-urgent tinnitus needing hearing tests:
    ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that never occur with non-urgent tinnitus needing hearing tests:
    heartbeat sound in the ear, ear discharge, vertigo (extreme dizziness), face weakness, ear pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

    Imbalance or Floating Feeling Checker

    Take a quiz to find out why you’re having imbalance or floating feeling.

    Take Quiz
  5. 5.Earwax Blockage

    Ear wax production is a normal process, as the body makes wax to protect the ear from infection. Sometimes ear wax can build up and cover the eardrum, which is a thin layer of skin that stretches across the end of the ear canal and picks up sound from outside. Ear wax buildup has nothing to do with poor hygiene, and it is not possible to prevent a build-up by washing.

    Condition likely will go away on its own after 5 days without treatment. However, with pain, dizziness, or feelings of fullness, the earwax should be removed.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, dry cough, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that never occur with earwax blockage:
    swollen ear, fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  6. 6.Inner Ear Infection (Labyrinthitis)

    Labyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear.

    If there is no neurological issues (from a stroke or meningitis), the prognosis is good. However, symptoms of Labyrinthitis tend to linger for an extended period of time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with inner ear infection (labyrinthitis):
    vertigo or imbalance
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Brain Tumor or Mass

    A brain lesion can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Nonetheless, they are a potentially serious issue and should be discussed with a physician.

    Uncertain. Prognosis is very dependent on what is found

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, irritability
    Symptoms that always occur with brain tumor or mass:
    focal neurological symptoms
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Post - Concussion Syndrome

    Postconcussion syndrome is a condition that happens after a mild brain injury. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty with concentrating and sleep disturbances.

    Typically, your symptoms will dissolve over the course of a few weeks and most people are back to normal in 3 months. If symptoms persist longer, your doctor might suggest medicines or other treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, anxiety, mild or moderate headache, depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with post-concussion syndrome:
    severe headache
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in the ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. Meniere's commonly develops between the ages of 20 and 40, and most often starts in only one ear.

    Life-long condition, attacks may happen 6-11 times per year on average.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, ringing in the ears, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ear fullness/pressure, brief fainting episode
    Symptoms that always occur with meniere's disease:
    dizziness: at least 2 episodes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Imbalance or Floating Feeling

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you hear a ringing or whistling sound no one else hears?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, try our imbalance or floating feeling symptom checker to find out more.

Take Quiz

Imbalance or Floating Feeling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced imbalance or floating feeling have also experienced:

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 8% Dizziness
    • 6% Headache
  • People who have experienced imbalance or floating feeling had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced imbalance or floating feeling were most often matched with:

    • 53% Atrial Fibrillation
    • 23% Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
    • 23% Temporomandibular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having imbalance or floating feeling

Take Quiz