Distinguishing and Extinguishing Benign
Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
By Dennis A. Colucci, AuD, MA
With high healthcare costs and a patient’s quality of life at stake, it is important that audiologists recognize benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) during the intake process and provide a repositioning procedure or appropriate referral that can save someone’s life.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a mechanical anomaly in which calcium carbonate crystals, called otoconia, detach from the otolithic organs and find their way into the semicircular canals.