The most common cause of vertigo is a condition called BPPV--benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This disease can be diagnosed and treated in a single office visit. Other diseases include Meniere's disease, autoimmune inner ear disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Cardiovascular and neurological diseases can also cause dizziness and vertigo so a careful evaluation is necessary.
We test inner ear function with a diagnostic test called a VNG. This test is performed in our office and it takes about 1 hour. We can determine if there has been damage to either inner ear or if other causes are more likely.