Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo Tiny crystals, or ear rocks, in the inner ear help us to balance. But when these pebbles fall into the sensitive ear canal, they can cause dizziness. Doctors say that for most people, a very specific 15-minute exercise can help move these pebbles back where they came from so they can be cleared away by the immune system.
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Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo

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Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo

Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo

Inner Ear 'Rock Slides' Lead To Vertigo

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Geeta Tiwari wears infrared goggles to record eye movements that help determine the cause of her dizziness. Christopher Toothman/NPR hide caption

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Geeta Tiwari wears infrared goggles to record eye movements that help determine the cause of her dizziness.

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Eye movements are recorded, reviewed, analyzed and saved on the computer. Christopher Toothman/NPR hide caption

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Eye movements are recorded, reviewed, analyzed and saved on the computer.

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Audiologist Saul Strieb moves Tiwari through a series of head and body positions to clear the otoconia (ear rocks or pebbles) out of the semicircular canals. Christopher Toothman/NPR hide caption

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Audiologist Saul Strieb moves Tiwari through a series of head and body positions to clear the otoconia (ear rocks or pebbles) out of the semicircular canals.

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As the head changes position during treatment, the ear rocks roll out of the semicircular canals and back into place. Christopher Toothman/NPR hide caption

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As the head changes position during treatment, the ear rocks roll out of the semicircular canals and back into place.

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The patient wears a cervical collar to discourage head movements for 24 hours after the procedure. Christopher Toothman/NPR hide caption

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The patient wears a cervical collar to discourage head movements for 24 hours after the procedure.

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Ear rocks are small crystals of calcium carbonate called otoconia, which collect in the inner ear. If they fall out of place into the ear canal, they can cause vertigo. Northwestern University hide caption

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Ear rocks are small crystals of calcium carbonate called otoconia, which collect in the inner ear. If they fall out of place into the ear canal, they can cause vertigo.

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