What is the most common type of vestibular dysfunction?


Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vestibular dysfunction. It affects millions of Americans each year. People with BPPV sometimes get temporary vertigo when they turn their heads a certain way, such as when looking down, up, or over their shoulders. Someone with vertigo feels like they are moving, spinning, or falling when they are not actually doing so, or they might feel like the room is spinning around them. BPPV occurs when calcium particles, known as otoconia, move around in the inner ear. It can usually be treated with a simple physical maneuver or series of movements that can be done in a doctor's office or at home.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.

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