Sylvia Kenner


Dizziness and Balance Patient


Dizziness treatment helps Sylvia Kenner regain balance

An appointment with Associated Audiologists to have her hearing checked turned out to be a life-changing experience for Sylvia Kenner. In fact, the transcription manager with Shawnee Mission Medical Center has spent the past several years fighting an overwhelming feeling of dizziness that often resulted in nausea and occasionally vomiting.

“I had been to a number of medical professionals,” Kenner says. “I had CT and MRI scans, but they showed nothing. I even took Valium, but it didn’t help. I was told I would just have to learn to live with it.” And that’s exactly what Kenner did. She avoided sudden movements or activities that required her to tilt her head back or bend over to pick something up.

“I couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes, or play golf, or even change a light bulb without getting extremely dizzy and sick,” Kenner says. “Lying down in bed at night was even worse. If I rolled from my left to my right side, I would get extremely dizzy. And if I had to get up in the middle of the night, I would have to hang onto something to keep from falling.”

But when her audiologist asked her one simple question, Kenner’s life changed. Kenner was diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, the most common source of vertigo, which is related to the microscopic calcium carbonate particles commonly found in the inner ear. These particles can become displaced and move into one of the ear’s semicircular canals where they do not belong.

Most people with BPPV experience brief, intense episodes of vertigo that happen when they change position. To diagnose and treat the BPPV, Kenner’s audiologist performed a comprehensive battery of tests using state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate her equilibrium system. During treatment, her audiologist performed a noninvasive repositioning procedure to clear the particles out of her ear’s semi-circular canal and place them back into the part of the inner ear where they belong.

“I was able to bend over and tie my shoes after the first treatment,” Kenner says. “It brought tears to my eyes. That’s something I haven’t been able to do for years. I also recently played in a golf tournament. I never could have done that before. I couldn’t bend over to place the ball on the tee without getting sick.” Kenner adds that she was extremely pleased with her audiologist’s professional, caring manner. “My audiologist is just delightful to work with. He explained everything to me regarding my diagnosis and treatment. I am his biggest supporter!”