Dizziness & Vertigo

There are several common complaints of vestibular (ear-related) and non-vestibular disorders.  If you or someone you know has said any of the quotes below, we may be able to help...

  • "I woke up and the bed was spinning."
  • "I bent over and everything started spinning around."
  • "I had constant spinning and nausea for about 3 days."
  • "I was in the hospital for 3 days and they couldn't find anything wrong with me."
  • "I have had several episodes of severe vertigo with nausea, lasting for hours at a time."
  • "I feel pressure, ringing, and roaring in my ear."
  • "It felt like someone suddenly pulled the rug out from under me."
  • "I felt a sudden wave come over me."
  • "I felt like I was standing outside of my body."
  • "I get dizzy and off balance when I stand up."
  • "I have had several falls."
  • "I stagger when I walk."

There are several conditions which may cause dizziness or vertigo.  Some of the most common conditions include:

  1. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  2. Vestibular Neuritis
  3. Meniere's Disease
  4. Endolymphatic Hydrops
  5. Orthostatic Hypotension
  6. Multi-factorial Dysquilibrium
  7. Central Dizziness
  8. Vestibular Migraine

Vestibular function testing aids in identifying deficits in labryrinthine response to caloric stimulation, rotational movement, and position change.  These tests also help to screen for abnormalities in ocular motility.  Vestibular pathologies result in abnormal eye movements which may be suppressed when examined in a lighted room.  The vestibular function test known as VNG/ENG (Videonystagmography/Electronystagmography) allows for testing for abnormal vestibular pathologies through the use of infared video goggles when the cause of dizziness is not apparent through traditional clinical examination.  VNG testing in conjunction with traditional audiometry is the GOLD STANDARD test battery for patients suffering from vertigo or dizziness.

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