What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a spinning sensation of movement. The sensation feels as if either you are spinning around the room or the room around you. Vertigo is caused by inner ear problems such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuronitis.
Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness, a fainting spell or a sense of imbalance. Dizziness can be caused by a wide variety of causes which include (but are not limited to): low blood pressure, low blood sugar, cardiac disease, respiratiory disease, medications, infection, anxiety or alcohol.
What is a vertigo assessment?
In order to assess the cause of your symptoms your doctor will conduct a vertigo assessment. This begins with a thorough history and examination investigating the nature, onset, duration and precipitating factors of your vertigo. A hearing test will be conducted as part of the evaluation. Depending on your doctor’s assessment, further vestibular tests or a MRI may be deemed necessary.