Dr. Michael O'Leary and Dr. Ian Purcell had a patient with vertigo. She had bilateral crystals in her inner ears that were causing problems. These bilateral crystals were moving and hitting little hair cells in the inner ear, so though her brain knew she wasn't moving, it was receiving messages that said otherwise. Hence, vertigo.
"As a neurotologist, Dr. Michael O'Leary specializes in diseases of the ear and balance, treating all aspects of ear problems, both medical and surgical. Among his unique areas of expertise in the ears are correction of surfer’s ears (exostosis), stapes surgery and repair of chronic mastoidectomy defects. His role on the skull-base team focuses on tumors of the lateral skull base, such as acoustic neuromas and meningiomas. He is also a nationally recognized leader in the development of minimally invasive techniques, including the endoscopic removal of pituitary tumors. He is a founding member of the Senta Clinic in San Diego and also sees complex referral patients with his subspecialty colleagues at La Jolla Private Practice Associates. He helped create the new Center for Hearing – 'ChEARS'– offering hearing healthcare with advanced hearing aids, assistive listening devices and BAHA implants."