Vertigo Testing & Treatment
Vertigo is the experience of sudden dizziness and feeling like the space you are in is spinning. This mild to severe spell of dizziness is usually activated when there are changes to head position – lying down, sitting up, moving head up and down etc. This sensation can be a temporary or infrequent occurrence as well as be experienced chronically. Vertigo is a symptom of an underlying health condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated. Underlying conditions that can trigger vertigo are associated with the inner ear, brain, or sensory nerve pathway. Vertigo testing and treatment is part of the comprehensive services that we provide to strengthen overall health!
Types of Vertigo
Symptoms & Causes
Common conditions that produce vertigo as a symptom include:
Diagnosis & Treatment
At Northeast Audiology, we provide balance testing and can work with your medical doctor to effectively diagnose and treat vertigo. Balance, or vestibular testing, is a way to examine the vestibular system. This includes the vestibular nerve and other components of the inner ear that contribute to balance. Videonystagmography (VNG) testing involves wearing goggles that have cameras which focus on the eyes. While wearing these goggles, you will be asked to perform different tasks that require focusing visually and the camera will record your movements. This captures information about the vestibular system in each ear which provides critical insight on any underlying issues that could be contributing to vertigo.
The most common type of vertigo, BPPV, can be treated effectively with a type of therapy called the Epley maneuver. This involves placing the head in specific positions that help reposition the otoconia – the tiny ear crystals that are displaced, causing vertigo.