We present an experimental model for a semicircular canal with canalithiasis. Canalithiasis is a pathological condition where free-floating particles disturb the flow field in the semicircular canals. It may lead to a specific form of vertigo known as BPPV or top-shelf vertigo. A careful scaling of the physical and geometrical parameters allows us to study the mechanics of this disease on an enlarged model of a single semicircular canal with laser vibrometry and video particle tracking. Early results confirm the proper operation of the model canal and support the current theories on the mechanisms of BPPV.