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Dizziness might be an inner ear problem

If you are experiencing dizziness, you are not alone. BPPV stands for “benign, paroxysmal, positional vertigo,” and is surprisingly common, especially in individuals over 60.

Its symptoms are distinctive: a spinning, dizzy sensation when changing position such as rolling over in bed or when tilting the head back. This sensation is transient, typically lasting a few seconds to a minute.

Diagnosis can be made by an audiologist with a test called a “videonystagmogram” or VNG.  Doctors and physical therapists also can make the diagnosis by performing a simple bedside test. Treatment involves taking the patient through a series of positions and often can be successfully completed in one to two visits.

To learn more about BPPV, join Arizona Balance & Hearing Aids (ABHA) at a free educational seminar on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Family Life Center, Room 109, 5757 N. Central Ave. To reserve a spot, visit www.azbalanceandhearing.com/events/ or call 602-300-9199.

For more information, contact Dana L. Day, Au.D, CCC-A, at ABHA, 404 N. 7th St., at 602-300-9199 or visit www.azbalanceandhearing.com.

 

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