Hearing & Balance | Dizzy Clinic

Conditions  | The Program  |  Eligibility  |


Dizziness is a vague, but very common symptom. It is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical attention. Dizziness can mean lightheadedness, room spinning, or unsteadiness. The list of causes of dizziness is extensive and broad, ranging from low blood pressure to inner ear disorders to migraine. Diagnosing and treating such a symptom can therefore be frustrating and challenging to both physicians and patients.


Vertigo is specifically defined as the illusion of movement. Not all dizziness is vertigo. Vertigo can be episodic or constant, mild or intense, but typically is worrisome and disabling to patients who experience it.

Causes of Vertigo
Common causes of vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, and Ménière’s disease. Uncommon causes of vertigo include multiple sclerosis, acoustic neuromas, and exposure to ototoxic medications. Some life threatening causes of vertigo, although rare, do exist and should be ruled out.

Evaluation and Treatment of Vertigo
At the Dizziness Clinic there are three related types of tests for this that you may have in order to help us diagnose you. These include:

  • Video Occulograph
  • Video Nystagmography (VNG)
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential Testing (VEMP)

After a full evaluation, the physician will discuss your treatment option which may include:

  • Steroids
  • Exercises
  • Vestibular therapy

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The Program

The Dizzy Clinic benefits patients in a many ways

  • Offers consultation with a fellowship-trained neurotologist who specializes in the medical and surgical management of disorders of hearing and balance, providing cutting edge treatment available at very few centers in the region.
  • Offers vestibular function testing to aid in accurate diagnosis.
  • Offers on-site consultation with vestibular therapists specially trained to treat certain common vestibular disorders.
  • Offers an interdisciplinary network of care providers and treatments tailored for the comprehensive specific diagnoses associated with vertigo. The team includes specialists in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, audiology, otolaryngology, and more.

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Who should be referred to the Dizzy clinic?

The Dizzy clinic is for patients referred by their physician with a primary complaint of vertigo or disequilibrium who do not have postural hypotension, or medication-induced lightheadedness.

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