While vertigo is the less common of the two, dizziness is something that we all will experience or have experienced at some point in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that vertigo isn’t at all common.
In fact, it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of all American adults will experience at least one instance of vertigo or vertigo-like phenomenon. Vertigo, which is loosely defined as an illusion of motion, is actually a specific type of dizziness you can experience. If you’ve ever felt as if you’re moving––or the world is moving––even when you and your environment are not actually moving, then you’ve had an instance of vertigo.
Again, vertigo is actually more common than you think. It’s something that nearly half of us will experience at some point in our lives. But what causes this vertigo and/or sudden dizziness? Let’s take a look at 10 reasons for sudden dizziness and vertigo that you probably didn’t expect to learn about today.
#10 – Inner ear problems
They may not seem to be related in any way, but an inner ear issue can definitely cause an onset of dizziness or vertigo. Your inner ear contains sensing crystals called otoconia which, when dislodged, may cause you to experience a quick spinning sensation. This condition is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, and affects 1 out of 1,000 each year.