When you experience dizziness, spinning sensations, or nausea during daily activities you may actually be experiencing vertigo. BPPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, has no official cause, but is often brought on by head injuries, migraines, prolonged positioning on your back, or ear surgery. This condition is more common in women than men and tends to affect people over the age of 50. While the symptoms of BPPV are uncomfortable, the only complication is an increased risk for falls due to dizziness.
In order to properly diagnose BPPV, an audiologist at Ogden Clinic will perform a series of tests in order to find the root cause of your dizziness. There are a variety of treatments available including:
During an MRI, radio waves and a magnetic field are used to create cross-sectional images of both your body and head. Your audiologist will then use these images to analyze and diagnose the conditions you may have, including BPPV.
These types of tests are used to identify irregular eye movement. The Ogden Clinic ENG test uses electrodes, while the VNG test uses small cameras, to track involuntary eye movements. These tests help the doctor determine whether the dizziness is being caused by an inner ear disease. Your audiologist may also detect these eye movements by placing the head in different positions, or by stimulating your balance organs with air or water.
Another treatment that is successful in alleviating the symptoms of BPPV is canalith repositioning. This in-office procedure consists of your audiologist using simple maneuvers to position in the head at different angles. This helps move otoliths (small particles normally found on the hairs in the inner ears) back to the correct area of the ear, which will help relieve dizziness. This procedure is highly-effective after one to two treatments.
In more extreme cases, where canalith repositioning fails to alleviate the problem, your Ogden Clinic audiologist may recommend BPPV surgery. This surgical procedure involves using a bone plug to block the portion of the inner ear that is causing your dizziness. This is also a very effective procedure, boasting a 90% success rate.
To learn more about BPPV treatments, contact an Ogden Clinic audiologist today! We would be happy to discuss our various treatments.