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What is the likelihood that scuba diving (or flying) brings on a vertigo attack? 

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Low

Vertigo from flying is very rare, vertigo from scuba diving is not as rare (but still rare).
It is more likely that pressure change from being under water can lead to rupture of the inner ear causing something called a perilymph leak. When fluid from the inner ear leaks into the middle ear patients get severe vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. This is a true ear emergency.

In brief: Low

Vertigo from flying is very rare, vertigo from scuba diving is not as rare (but still rare).
It is more likely that pressure change from being under water can lead to rupture of the inner ear causing something called a perilymph leak. When fluid from the inner ear leaks into the middle ear patients get severe vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. This is a true ear emergency.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Eval.

Vertigo that develops during a dive or shortly thereafter warrants medical evaluation.

In brief: Eval.

Vertigo that develops during a dive or shortly thereafter warrants medical evaluation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Very likely

Sudden changes in air pressure will cause severe stress at the level of the ear components.
Diving raises external pressure rapidly, and the inner ear has to equilibrate rapidly or structures may rupture or bleed. Same occurs with sudden changes in altitude with flying. Rupture of the ear drum, round window, and bleeding into the semi-circular canals can occur.

In brief: Very likely

Sudden changes in air pressure will cause severe stress at the level of the ear components.
Diving raises external pressure rapidly, and the inner ear has to equilibrate rapidly or structures may rupture or bleed. Same occurs with sudden changes in altitude with flying. Rupture of the ear drum, round window, and bleeding into the semi-circular canals can occur.
Dr. William Goldie
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