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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

Coming Up: Balance Awareness Week

Balance Awareness Week is September 16th – 22nd, 2012. The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) is launching a campaign to “Defeat Dizziness” through public education and advocacy. Read below for the official press release from VEDA about its 16th annual Balance Awareness Week. Since 1997, JHBI has been helping patients with balance disorders through advanced testing techniques and proper diagnosis.

VESTIBULAR DISORDERS ASSOCIATION SEEKS TO “DEFEAT DIZZINESS” DURING BALANCE AWARENESS WEEK

PORTLAND, OR — The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) celebrates its 16th annual Balance Awareness Week September 16th – 22nd, 2012 by launching a campaign to “Defeat Dizziness” through public education and advocacy.

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.

Illness, injury, and even aging can damage the fragile vestibular organs, and with them, the ability to balance. As many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the United States — approximately 69 million Americans — have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction.

Receiving effective treatment is frequently complicated by the length of time it takes to diagnose a vestibular disorder, which can be a year or more in many cases. Most vestibular patients visit a doctor 4-5 times before receiving an accurate diagnosis.

In addition to affecting balance, vestibular disorders often provide disabling symptoms that include vertigo, dizziness, hearing and vision problems, and difficulty concentrating. These life-altering symptoms can deeply inhibit a person’s ability to perform basic day-to-day tasks, and are compounded by their invisibility to others, making it difficult to understand that a person with vestibular dysfunction is profoundly struggling to remain oriented and functional.

The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to “defeat dizziness” by helping people recognize the symptoms of a vestibular disorder, and urging them to seek help from a professional vestibular specialist. In addition, VEDA encourages the friends, family and coworkers of those suffering from a vestibular disorder to learn more about how balance dysfunction can impact their loved one’s ability to perform common day-to-day activities.

Fitter International, Inc. (“Fitterfirst”) — a company that designs and distributes fitness products focused on improving the functional elements of balance — is sponsoring Balance Awareness Week.

“Balance is the essence of movement and movement is the essence of life,” says Louis Stack, Founder and President of Fitterfirst, who is sponsoring Balance Awareness Week. “As a competitive athlete I recognize how important core balance is, not only during physical activity but even for everyday functions of life. At Fitterfirst we produce easy to use balance tools that help people maintain or regain better balance for active daily living.”

VEDA invites everyone to participate in Balance Awareness Week — go to www.vestibular.org/BAW to learn more about how you can help.

About VEDA: For over 25 years, the Vestibular Disorders Association has provided objective information, advocacy, and a caring support network to people with vestibular disorders and the health professionals who treat them. For more information, visit www.vestibular.org or call (800) 837-8428.

Spotlight: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Got vertigo?  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (or BPPV) is one of the most common causes of the disorienting sensation of spinning or whirling.   It is caused by a disorder of the balance center of the inner ear; specifically the displacement of the calcium carbonate crystals that are normally found there.  These crystals play an important role in sensing various head movements.  When they become dislodged from their normal location, they cause abnormal irritation. With subsequent head movements, such as rolling over in bed or looking upwards, these “relocated” crystals will bring on feelings of vertigo.

Treatment for BPPV involves specialized positioning maneuvers, called the ‘Epley’ procedure, that are done in the office.  These can be effective in up to 80% of cases and are very well-tolerated. In rare situations, surgery may be required to help stop repeated episodes of positional vertigo.

BPPV is extremely common in people over 50.  The precise cause is usually not known, but degenerative changes in the inner ear are one possible explanation. BPPV will commonly occur in patients that have sustained a head injury, or in those who have suffered from a viral inner ear infection, such as vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis.

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