Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Sometimes confused with dizziness, vertigo is a fairly distinct rotational feeling of motion sickness that occurs when movement is minimal. A person may feel a sense of movement or spinning even if they’re sitting still. Visual disturbances are common, and the feeling is often associated with nausea.

BPPV is caused by collections of calcium crystals in the inner ear that are dislodged from their usual position and migrate to other parts of the inner ear. This movement causes displacement of fluid in the ear, which results in the sensation of vertigo. BPPV can be made worse by changes in weather, lack of sleep, and stress.

Treatment for BPPV consists of returning the crystals in the inner ear to their usual position, which is done by performing one of two physical maneuvers in the office of a professional Ear Nose & Throat specialist. If you’ve been experiencing dizziness and a feeling of rotation and nausea, please contact us to make an appointment, and let us help you find a solution to your vertigo.

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