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Dizzyfix Hat fixes dizziness
ppeggy | January 18, 2008 at 08:35 amby
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Dr. Matthew Bromwich was used to treating the spins.
As the Calgarian was completing his medical residency training in London, Ont., he saw many older patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear balance disorder that causes spinning dizziness.
To relieve patients of their symptoms, he would help them perform a series of movements called the Epley manoeuvres, designed to guide inner ear crystals that have become dislodged from their usual spot back into the inner ear chamber.
One day, Bromwich realized that if patients could be self-guided through the movements, they could essentially treat themselves.
That's when Bromwich came up with the idea for Dizzyfix, a hat-mounted device that mimics the Epley manoeuvres and gives patients the opportunity to alleviate dizziness related to BPPV on their own.
The device itself is a tube that contains a thick oil and a little green ball floating in the oil. The patient intently watches the green ball and manipulates it, moving it from one end to the other by slightly moving his or her head. It takes only a few minutes to complete the movements, and vertigo symptoms are relieved on the spot.