In today’s lesson, we discuss the vestibular system in Spanish. This is the second free lesson in our Spanish for Vertigo series.  

The first free lesson in this series introduces Spanish for the evaluation of vertigo. In our member lessons, the physical therapist obtains a complete history regarding the patient's vertigo. She asks about the situations in which the vertigo occurs, the duration, associated symptoms, potential provocative factors and the patient's medications.

In this second free lesson introducing Spanish for the treatment of positional vertigo, the physical therapist explains that she thinks the patient's vertigo is caused by a problem in her vestibular system. 

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Diálogo

3:07

After performing the oculomotor examination to rule out central lesions, the physical therapist explains that she thinks the patient’s dizziness comes from a problem in the vestibular system.

T: OK, parece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.

P: ¿Qué es eso?

T: El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano. El sistema vestibular le indica la posición de su cabeza. Voy a hacer algunas pruebas en las cuales voy a poner su cabeza en diferentes posiciones para comprobar lo que le está pasando.

P: Me suena bien. Me gustaría saber lo que me está causando los mareos.

Repaso

Ser por causa de

3:49

T: OK, parece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.

los mareos / el mareo
dizziness

ser por causa de
to be caused by

el sistema vestibular
vestibular system

Los mareos son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular
The dizziness is caused by a problem in your vestibular system

experimentar
to experience

los mareos que está experimentando
the dizziness you are experiencing

Parece que los mareos que está experimentando son por causa de un problema en su sistema vestibular.
It appears that the dizziness you are experiencing is caused by a problem in your vestibular system.

El sistema vestibular

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P: ¿Qué es eso?

T: El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano. El sistema vestibular le indica la posición de su cabeza.

¿Qué es eso?
What is that?

We use QUÉ when asking about the definition of something. Learn when to use QUÉ vs CUÁL in questions with the verb SER.

el oído interno
inner ear

detrás de
behind

el tímpano
eardrum, tympanic membrane

encontrarse
to be / to find oneself (in a certain state or location)

El sistema vestibular se encuentra en el oído interno detrás del tímpano.
The vestibular system is located in the inner ear behind the eardrum.

indicar
to indicate, to tell, to show

la posición
position

la cabeza
head

El sistema vestibular le indica la posición de su cabeza.
The vestibular system tells you the position of your head.

el cerebro
brain

El sistema vestibular le indica al cerebro la posición de la cabeza.
The vestibular system tells the brain the position of the head.

La función del sistema vestibular

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Related Member Lessons

¡Bien hecho! In the member lessons covering the treatment of positional vertigo

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Special thanks to Brigette Schwimmer, the doctor of physical therapy who wrote the original dialogue for this lesson and to Elizabet Cortez, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala, who helped me to rewrite and record this dialogue in Spanish. 

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