Vertigo is also known as an illusion of movement and is a common ENT complaint. It is often associated with other symptoms including nausea/vomiting, hearing loss and tinnitus. There are ENT (peripheral) and non ENT (central) causes of vertigo. Common ENT causes of vertigo include BPPV (benign positional paroxysmal vertigo), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine and Ménière’s disease.
We will assess for the cause of your vertigo through your history and by clinical examination. Occasionally further tests will be used such as pure tone audiometry (see Hearing tests) and MRI scanning.
BPPV is common cause of vertigo which can be diagnosed and treated effectively in the outpatient room. Treatment with particle repositioning manoeuvres (e.g. Epley manoeuvre) is a very successful treatment for this problem.