You might feel a sense of brief imbalance from time to time after a heavy workout or if you haven’t eaten in some time. Prolonged dizziness and imbalance are more serious concerns that can be caused by inner ear dysfunction, head injuries, heart disease, diabetes, or migraines. Another cause of dizziness, called BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), is a very common condition treated at NYHD | Institute for Hearing & Balance.
What is BPPV?
BPPV can be an unnerving condition that causes sudden, transient spinning and dizziness, primarily when moving our head in certain positions. This dizzy sensation is caused by a mechanical problem in the inner ear. In the inner ear, tiny calcium carbonate crystals (otoliths) are embedded in gel. If these otoliths can become dislodged and migrate into the wrong part of the inner ear, they shift and interfere with normal fluid movement when you move your head in certain positions. These fluid shifts send false signals of movement to the brain, resulting in an uncomfortable spinning feeling.
Learn More and Get Treatment
To learn more about the causes of BPPV and how it is diagnosed, join Dr. Craig Kasper on our NYHD | Life series in his discussion with Dr. Joseph Sakumura from the American Institute of Balance. If you have been experiencing dizziness, schedule a consultation at our office for a BPPV diagnosis and treatment plan.