- Alternobaric vertigo
aviationand underwater diving, alternobaric vertigo is dizziness resulting from unequal pressures being exerted between the ears due to one Eustachian tubebeing less patent than the other. [cite journal |author=Wicks RE |title=Alternobaric vertigo: an aeromedical review |journal=Aviat Space Environ Med |volume=60 |issue=1 |pages=67–72 |year=1989 |month=January |pmid=2647073 |doi= |url= |accessdate=] cite journal |author=Tjernström O |title=Function of the eustachian tubes in divers with a history of alternobaric vertigo |journal=Undersea Biomed Res |volume=1 |issue=4 |pages=343–51 |year=1974 |month=December |pmid=4469100 |doi= |url=http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2679 |accessdate=2008-07-04] [cite journal |author=Lundgren CEG, Tjernström O, Ornhagen H |title=Alternobaric vertigo and hearing disturbances in connection with diving: an epidemiologic study |journal=Undersea Biomed Res |volume=1 |issue=3 |pages=251–8 |year=1974 |month=September |pmid=4469094 |doi= |url=http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2667 |accessdate=2008-07-04]
This might have occurred due to
barotraumaof descent, and/or the effects of nasal decongestants. It is due to unequal increase in middle earpressures on ascent, is usually mild, and most often cleared by further ascent. When the pressures in both ears reach ambient levels, the stimulus for the dizziness stops. Although most often mild, the vertigo can persist until the diver reaches the surface continuing the unequal pressures, which can damage the inner ear or ear drum.
Alternobaric vertigo is most pronounced when the diver is in the vertical position; the spinning is towards the ear with the higher pressure and tends to develop when the pressures differ by 60 cm of water or more.cite journal |last=Edmonds |first=C. |title=Vertigo In Diving. |journal=Royal Australian Navy, School of Underwater Medicine. |volume=RANSUM-1-71 |date=1971 |url=http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/4962 |accessdate=2008-04-25 ] [cite journal |author=Ross HE |title=The direction of apparent movement during transient pressure vertigo |journal=Undersea Biomed Res |volume=3 |issue=4 |pages=403–10 |year=1976 |month=December |pmid=10897867 |doi= |url=http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2442 |accessdate=2008-07-04]
Ear clearingmay be a remedy. A similar vertigo can also occur as a result of unequal heating stimulation of one inner earlabyrinth over the other due to diving in a prone position in cold water - the undermost ear being stimulated.
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