Category Archives: Vertigo

Home Sweet Home: Safety and Fall Prevention

According to the National Center on Aging, 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 fall each year.  Even more concerning, falls often result in hospitalization or nursing home stays, and are the top cause of fatal injury in aging adults. Up to 75% of falls occur in a person’s home, so it is wise to evaluate your space to make it safer. Here are some places to consider:

  1. Trip Hazards: Collision with objects in the floor, such as rugs, cords, or other clutter can cause a fall. If possible, try to move these objects away from the main walking path so you are less likely to trip. Also remember that your home may have other uneven walking surfaces, such as stairs or door thresholds, which can also pose a tripping risk. Railings can be added in these areas to provide a place to grab for support if needed.
  2. Lighting: Ensuring that all floors are properly lit, especially at night, can help prevent falls. Consider using a nightlight to provide extra illumination in the dark.
  3. Bathroom: The bathroom can be one of the riskiest places in a home. Adding safety features such as grab bars around the toilet or tub, or non-slip mats/decals in the shower, can help prevent accidents. A non-slip shower chair may be a good option for someone that feels unsteady standing while showering.

People suffering from chronic dizziness or imbalance are at a higher risk of falling. Call our office at 904-399-0350 to schedule an evaluation if you experience these symptoms.

What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common inner ear problem that causes short episodes of sudden vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning. Some people also have symptoms of lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting that occur as well. BPPV episodes are typically very short, lasting only seconds to a few minutes.

Symptoms of BPPV are triggered by sudden changes in movement, such as rolling over or sitting up in bed, bending the head forward to look down, or tipping the head backward to look up.

BPPV occurs due to changes within the inner ear balance organ. Deep within the inner ear, there are 3 small structures called semicircular canals. The semicircular canals help us detect motion and maintain balance. BPPV is caused by tiny calcium crystals moving out of place and becoming free floating in one of the semicircular canals. These crystals move around in the canal with changes in gravity and head position. This interferes with the signal sent from the inner ear to the brain, resulting in vertigo.

For some people, symptoms of BPPV resolve on their own. BPPV can also be treated with a procedure that guides the dislodged crystals back into place. In many cases, the symptoms resolve after these treatments. If you believe you may be suffering from BPPV, call our office at 904-399-0350 to schedule an evaluation.

Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance – What’s the Difference?

Dizziness and balance problems are very common complaints reported at primary care physicians’ offices and emergency departments. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, on average 15% of American adults (an estimated 33 million people) report dizziness or balance problems annually. There are many ways these symptoms can be described. Below are three of the most common descriptors for these problems.

Vertigo is a term used to describe a sense of spinning or motion. Some people report that it feels like the room is spinning around them, while others feel like they themselves are moving, even when they aren’t. Vertigo is a symptom, not a disease itself. Vertigo may be caused by many different factors, including inner ear problems.

Imbalance refers to a feeling of unsteadiness on your feet. Some people report they may sway or veer to one side when walking or standing. This can lead to an increased risk of falling, which can result in serious injuries.

Dizziness is a general term used to describe a range of symptoms. This may include vertigo or imbalance as described above.  It may also include symptoms such as lightheadedness or feeling faint, wooziness, motion intolerance, or other descriptions. When in doubt, dizziness is a catch-all term that many healthcare providers use before a specific disorder or impairment is diagnosed.

Although these symptoms can be very concerning, the good news is diagnosis and treatment options are available. If you are experiencing dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance, contact our office at 904-399-0350 to schedule an evaluation.

It is recommended you seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience severe dizziness or vertigo along with symptoms such as severe headache, chest pain, difficulty breathing, numbness in the arms or legs, confusion or slurred speech.

Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

What is superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome?
Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome (or SSCDS) is a condition where the normal bony covering of the superior semicircular canal (one of the three balance canals that respond to angular acceleration) is missing.

What type of symptoms do patients with SSCDS have?
Many, but not all, patients with SSCDS have dizziness. This dizziness may be brought on by loud noises, such as the clanging of dishes together, or by pressure changes, such as sneezing, coughing, or straining. Some patients report hearing their heartbeat in the affected ear and often complain of ear fullness. Many patients describe that their voice sounds louder in one particular ear as well. Other less common symptoms include hearing one’s own eye movements and hearing one’s own footsteps on certain surfaces (watch this video: Inside Todd’s Head).

What causes SSCDS?
Currently the exact cause of SSCDS is not known. It is likely that some individuals are predisposed to the thinning of bone in certain areas of the skull base, leading to problems such as SSCDS. Additionally, head trauma may play a role in certain cases of SSCDS. Not all individuals with a dehiscence of the superior semicircular canal (as might be seen on a special CAT scan and verified by certain tests) actually have symptoms.

How is SSCDS treated?
SSCDS treatment must be individualized to each particular patient. While there is no specific medical therapy for SSCDS, various surgical management options are available.

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JHBI diagnoses and treats BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, a common inner ear problem and primary cause of vertigo, in Jacksonville, FL

BPPV is a common cause of vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning around you. BPPV is caused when tiny particles in the inner ear dislodge from part of the balance that detects body movement. When the particles dislodge, they can float to a different area of the balance system. This gives the brain false information about where your body is in space.  The result is a spinning sensation that typically last for a few seconds. BPPV can be triggered by rolling over in bed, bending over or looking up. In most cases BPPV can be easily treated. Call us now if you have dizziness or vertigo symptoms. 

Let’s define BPPV:

  • Benign: this means non-life threatening
  • Paroxysmal: vertigo may come in short spurts
  • Positional: turn your head back and forth or side to side, it may trigger vertigo
  • Vertigo: feeling your head is spinning or the world around you is spinning out of control and possibly violently 
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Orange Park, FL’s vertigo patient Kim Aures shares her story of living with BPPV to help others in Jacksonville, FL

By Kim Aures, Vertigo Patient at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute

Kim Aures gives her thoughts about having and living with vertigo. The professionals at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute hope you will share this if you or someone you love experiences the signs and symptoms of vertigo. As part of their community education programming, JHBI is presenting a FREE community medical seminar on Wed., June 19 at 11:30 am – 1 pm/including a complimentary lunch. Speakers include J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS, founder of JHBI, and staff Donna Smith, MPAS, PA-C, and Janelle Kelley, AuD, CCC-A. For more information on what you or someone you know who is experiencing vertigo should do, please go to www.JHBI.org or www.WJCT.org/events and make a reservation now.

You are invited to attend a FREE community medical seminar on VERTIGO and luncheon on Wednesday, June 16th from 11:30am to 1pm presented by J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute at WJCT. Register Now »

If the world around you is spinning out of control call Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute for diagnosis and treatment of vertigo

If you become dizzy, it’s important to know what caused it – find out. The experts at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute (JHBI) know how to diagnose and treat dizziness. Is it vertigo? Does it happen when you first wake up and get out of bed in the morning? Do you experience a feeling as if the world around you is spinning out of control – like you’re in the eye of the tornado with everything spinning around you? Find out why your inner ear may be involved causing dizzy spells. After testing, you may have the most common diagnosis: BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Let the experts at JHBI guide you. They are J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS and the team of Physician Assistants and Audiologists, who are dedicated to finding the real cause of why you are getting dizzy. These tests may rule out Meniere disease, labyrinthitis or an acoustic neuroma tumor. So, get the facts – call JHBI today for an appointment to find out why you’re dizzy. It’s for your own good health. 

You are invited to attend a FREE community medical seminar on VERTIGO and luncheon on Wednesday, June 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm presented by J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute at WJCT. Register Now »

JHBI diagnoses and treats that false of spinning sensation and vertigo in Jacksonville, FL

FREE Community Seminar & Luncheon“Why is Everything Spinning?”You’re not alone • Learn about diagnosis & treatment of vertigo/dizziness

Simply moving the head can cause spinning. It may be vertigo. Don’t let spinning get out of control, find out why. Call Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, and get it checked out. Let us help you find a solution.

J. Douglas Green, MD, and his team of Physician Assistants and board-certified Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat dizziness. When you come in for an appointment, you’ll undergo a simple but complete assessment to help confirm a diagnosis. It may be as simple as finding out that your inner ear crystals have dislodged from their original spot. The solution may be to get them back into place.

Don’t live with spinning. It’s best to find out why it’s occurring. You can depend on the experts at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute – give us a call, (904) 399-0350, to book an appointment.

You are invited to attend a FREE community medical seminar on VERTIGO and luncheon on Wednesday, June 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm presented by J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute at WJCT. Register Now »

JHBI diagnoses and treats inner ear dizzy spells and vertigo in Jacksonville, FL?

Don’t live with dizziness

Ever been dizzy? Scary, huh! If you experience dizziness, find out why. Call Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, and get it checked out. Let them help you find a solution as to why you’re experiencing a debilitating dizzy spell.

J. Douglas Green, MD, and his team of Physician Assistants and board-certified Audiologists are trained to diagnose and treat dizziness. When you come in for an appointment, you’ll undergo a simple but complete assessment to help confirm a diagnosis. It may be as simple as finding out that your inner ear crystals have dislodged from their original spot. The solution may be to get them back into place.

Don’t live with dizziness coming and going. It’s best to find out why it’s occurring. You can depend on the experts at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute – give us a call, (904) 399-0350, to book an appointment.

You are invited to attend a FREE community medical seminar on VERTIGO and luncheon on Wednesday, June 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm presented by J. Douglas Green, MD, FACS, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute at WJCT. Register Now »

Dr. Green in the news for the Cochlear Hybrid implant

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/health-and-fitness/2014-08-19/story/new-hybrid-hearing-device-helps-those-who-find-hearing-aids

New hybrid hearing device helps those who find hearing aids to be ineffective

By Charlie Patton Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

Traditionally there have been two approaches to hearing loss: hearing aids to amplify sound for those who retained some hearing; and cochlear implants to restore some hearing to those who are totally deaf.
A new device, a Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System, has been approved by the FDA for use in people who have some hearing but have found hearing aids ineffective.

J. Douglas Green Jr., a neurotologist and founder of the Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute/The Hearing Center, calls the device “an extraordinary melding of technologies.”

The hybrid includes three elements: an implant that Green puts in place during a 90-minute outpatient procedure; a sound processor that converts high-frequency sounds to electric signals and sends them to the implant; and an acoustic component that functions like a hearing aid, amplifying low-frequency sounds.

The cochlear implant component restores the ability of people to hear high-pitched sound.

The hybrid “gives patients a more natural sound quality,” Green said. “People really like that. There is more clarity to the sounds.”

Green will offer free seminars about the implants: a dinner presentation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and a lunch presentation from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hotel Indigo, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle.

While seminars are free, seating is limited and a reservation is required. Go to HearingHealthSeminar.com or call (877) 432-7844.

Charlie Patton: (904) 359-4413