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Is there any correlation between barometric pressure and the onset of vertigo attacks?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 39 years experience
No: The vestibular apparatus, the nerves in the middle ear, do not change their function with changes in atmospheric pressure. However when rapid changes in pressure happen like going up in an elevator in a skyscraper or during landing in an airplane the air space in the middle ear may not readily equalize with the pressure acting on the outside of the body and cause some people to feel dizzy.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
If there is a history of an endolymphatic fistula.. pressure changes could cause dizziness.
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. Afshine Emrani
Cardiology 29 years experience
Yes: Barometric pressure can directly affect the pressure in the middle ear which can then trigger vertigo attacks.

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