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BPPV and Barometric Pressure

Kamran Barin, PhD

February 21, 2011

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Question

Is there any association between benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and the barometric pressure?

Answer

I am not aware of any reports in the literature about the interaction of changes in the barometric pressure and BPPV symptoms. Nor is there any physiologic basis to suspect that such an interaction should exist.

Dizziness that occurs with changes in the barometric pressure is more commonly associated with migraine. In such cases, barometric pressure changes can trigger modification of sensory inputs. Other diseases, such as perilymph fistula or superior canal dehiscence, can also cause dizziness with changes of the barometric pressure. In those cases, pressure changes disrupt the hydrodynamics of the inner ear fluids.


Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program. He received his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. Kamran Barin is a consultant to Otometrics and provides courses and other educational material to the company.


kamran barin

Kamran Barin, PhD

Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program

Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Biomedical Engineering Program. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. Kamran Barin is a consultant to Otometrics and provides courses and other educational material to the company


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