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.