The Human Barometer

July 15, 2019

By Lauren Fournier, PT, DPT

There has long been a question about what causes BPPV, or vertigo caused by “loose crystals” in the ear. Personally, I will often get an influx of new patients with vertigo at the change in seasons and/ or with certain weather patterns. There was a recent research article: “Barometric pressure and the incidence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo” that was released in American Journal of Otolaryngology this May that finally confirmed the correlation. The article found that where every one-unit increase in barometric pressure there is an expected increase of 6.1 diagnoses. It’s nice that they finally have the research to match what therapists and patients have been feeling for years!


2 thoughts on “The Human Barometer

  1. Rose B.

    This is not a comment but a question. I sat out in the cold in a “Under the weather IPod “ which is like a tent made of plastic and cloth. The next day i had a bad vertigo attack. Do you think that could have been caused by the IPod? Thank you!

    1. FPTS Post author

      Not likely, but if you are still bothered by the vertigo, then I would schedule a FREE Injury Screening to determine if further evaluation is needed. Vertigo, as you know, can be quite devastating and impacts the simplest everyday activities.


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