Vertigo of Peripheral Origin
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere's disease
- Perilymphatic fistula—an abnormal canal or connection in the inner ear
- Ototoxic medications—some medications can disrupt the inner ear's ability to balance
- Acoustic neuroma—benign tumor of the inner ear
- Reduced blood flow
- Otosclerosis—a bony growth near the middle ear
Vertigo of Central Origin
- Sensation of rotation
- Illusion of movement
- Sensation of feeling pulled in one direction
- Feeling off-balance
- Blood tests
- Dix-Hallpike maneuver—particular movement of the head to relieve or stimulate symptoms
- Auditory tests
- Vision tests
- Blood pressure test, both lying down and standing up
- Electronystagmogram (ENG)—to check for nystagmus, an abnormal, rhythmic, jerking eye movement
- MRI scan
- Rotatory chair test in certain situations
- Brainstem auditory evoked potential studies (BAEPS or BAERs)—to check for nerve conduction in the brain auditory nerve and brain stem
- Use a cane to help with balance and mobility
- Sit at one end of the sports field or theater to avoid moving your head back and forth
- Bring a stool or chair so you can sit down when you need to
- Schedule your day around peak times when places are crowded
- Don't read or work on a computer if you are moving
- Don't fly if you have sinus or ear problems due to an infection
- Avoid loud background music and harsh lighting
- Try to eat smaller meals throughout the day
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine
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Vestibular Disorders Association http://www.vestibular.org
Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society http://www.balanceanddizziness.org
Canadian Academy of Audiology http://www.canadianaudiology.ca
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