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What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)?

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of positional vertigo, a sudden feeling that you’re spinning or swaying. It happens when tiny calcium crystals in one part of your ear move into an area where they shouldn’t be. This causes your inner ear to tell your brain you’re moving when you’re really not.

BPPV can be treated through a series of head movements your doctor guides you through. These put the crystals back where they're supposed to be.

From: What Are Vestibular Disorders? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System,” About Vestibular Disorders,” “Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo (BPPV),” “Ototoxicity,” “Acoustic Neuroma,” Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT),” “Medication: Can Medication Help Me Feel Better?” “Dietary Considerations: Does Diet Really Matter?”

NHS Choices: “Labyrinthitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vestibular Neuritis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Meniere's Disease.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Meniere's Disease.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Perilymph Fistula,” “Top Ten Facts You Should Know about Vestibular Disorders.” Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: “Vestibular Migraine.”

Whirled Foundation: “Vestibular Disorders.”

Hearing Health Foundation: “Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts (EVA).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System,” About Vestibular Disorders,” “Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo (BPPV),” “Ototoxicity,” “Acoustic Neuroma,” Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT),” “Medication: Can Medication Help Me Feel Better?” “Dietary Considerations: Does Diet Really Matter?”

NHS Choices: “Labyrinthitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vestibular Neuritis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Meniere's Disease.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Meniere's Disease.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Perilymph Fistula,” “Top Ten Facts You Should Know about Vestibular Disorders.” Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: “Vestibular Migraine.”

Whirled Foundation: “Vestibular Disorders.”

Hearing Health Foundation: “Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts (EVA).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 22, 2019

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