ACE Audiology provides balance disorder assessments using the latest in Videonystagmography equipment. This technology uses a specialised infrared camera designed to measure the movement of the eyes in response to a variety of conditions. The eyes are the gateway to the vestibular balance system and are so used to assist in diagnosis of balance disorders. The videonystagmography equipment is able to examine the health of all six semicircular canals as well as the intactness of the Visual Ocular Reflex. In particular the system facilitates the diagnosis of BPPV, which is one of the most common treatable balance disorders next to Vestibular Migraine.
BPPV is a common balance disorder of the posterior semicircular canal, although other semicircular canals can be affected less frequently. It is caused by dislodged otoconia, these being minute calcium carbonate crystals normally a part of the Utricle, that find their way into the semicircular canals.
Classical symptoms are of a vertiginous sensation upon rolling over in bed, laying back in bed or on looking upwards. Shortly after performing the head movement vertiginous symptoms increase then subside.
Diagnosis can be achieved by a "Hallpike" test, and where the ear affected is identified, an Epely manaouvre can be applied. This moves the dislodged offending otoconia crystals back into a safe are of the vestibular apparatus, thus curing the condition. In 80% of cases only one treatment is necessary for complete resolution. A subsequent treatment for the residual cases usually then resolves the complaint entirely.
If you suspect you may be suffering from BPPV please feel free to contact ACE Audiology for an assessment and treatment should this be required in your particular circumstance.GET IN TOUCH