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AAA 2018: The Biochemistry of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (0.1 CEUs)

AAA 2018: The Biochemistry of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (0.1 CEUs)

Presented by Taylor Unger, AuD

CEUs: 0.1

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Scientific publications indicate a strong correlation between recurrent benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and hypovitaminosis D. The presentation will review the current literature regarding this relationship and other risk factors for developing BPPV such as head trauma, migraine, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, and sudden sensorineural hearing loss. We will conclude with demonstrations of canalith repositioning maneuvers in addition to a discussion on the theory of the hydrodynamics of BPPV in the semicircular canals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the relationship between vitamin D and otoconia dissolution in endolymphatic fluid.
  • Describe the hydrodynamics of otoconia as they migrate through a semicircular canal.
  • Identify common risk factors for BPPV recurrence.

Taylor Unger

Audiologist, Atlantic Hearing and Balance

Taylor Unger, Au.D. is woks at Atlantic Hearing and Balance with its headquarters located in Port Orange, Florida. Dr. Unger completed his B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology at Augusta State University in 2005. Following graduation, Dr. Unger was a nuclear chemist with Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Dr. Unger completed his Au.D. at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). In 2016, he graduated with highest honors, and he was awarded the Marc Trychel Future Leader Award at the Florida Academy of Audiology, and he was inducted into the Alpha Upsilon Delta and Alpha Eta honors societies. Dr. Unger was a faculty member of American Institute of Balance (AIB). During his time at AIB, Dr. Unger trained and certified hundreds of medical professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, neurologists, and otolaryngologists in the assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders.

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