A sudden sensation of dizziness can be alarming. Rest assured that in most cases this in not a sign of a serious health condition. You are not alone. Dizziness impacts 20-30% of the population at some time in their lives. The sources of your dizziness depends on your symptoms.
Common Inner Ear Causes of Dizziness and Vertigo
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): this results when the crystals in the vestibule shift into the wrong location. Episodes usually occur when the head is moved a certain way (turning in bed, bending over, or looking up). The vertigo lasts for a minute and then subsides. It can go away on its own, but there are treatments available.
- Infection or inflammation: sometimes the semicircular canals swell and send incorrect balance signals. This can cause episodes of vertigo that last for hours or days.
- Meniere’s Disease: is a condition in which there is an abundance of fluid in the inner ear that causes increased pressure and swelling. It can affect the hearing and balance systems.
These are just some of the reasons that vertigo and dizziness happen. It is important to work with your physician to determine the cause of your dizziness.