Our Team Can Help You Manage BPPV
Suppose you feel like the room is spinning while you aren’t moving. In that case, there’s a high likelihood that you’re experiencing benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV—this condition occurs when calcium deposits in the inner ear become dislodged. At Southwestern Hearing & Balance, we can determine if BPPV is causing your symptoms and provide you with the best treatment for it.
Do I Have BPPV?
If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you might have BPPV.
- Vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning around you
- Blurred vision
What Causes BPPV?
BPPV is often the result of head trauma, such as a car accident or fall.
How Is BPPV Diagnosed?
Our office will provide a referral to connect you with a diagnostic exam. They’ll also take the time to answer any questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
The test that is typically used to diagnose BPPV is the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. After gently turning your head at a 45-degree angle, you’ll lie back with your head on the side of the examination table. If you experience vertigo during this test, you likely have BPPV.
How Can I Eliminate the Symptoms of BPPV?
Our audiologist can often treat BPPV by performing specific maneuvers that allow the calcium crystals to float out of the semicircular canal, which will likely alleviate your symptoms.
Unless you’re experiencing severe nausea or vomiting, medication is typically not required for BPPV.
What’s the Duration of BPPV?
Most patients find that physical therapy alleviates their symptoms, but people experience them for years in rare instances. If you experience long-term symptoms, we’ll provide a referral for treatment.
What Are the Next Steps?
If you think you have BPPV, you don’t have to manage it independently. At Southwestern Hearing & Balance, we’re here to support you from your initial diagnosis through any ongoing treatment. Soon enough, you’ll be able to get back to doing what you love without vertigo interrupting you.