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The Barany Chair

Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD

What Happened?

After sitting up, the participant may feel as if he or she is performing a cartwheel. His or her body may attempt to “correct” itself by moving in the direction opposite of the cartwheel sensation (so be sure participants are strapped in properly). While the participant was bent over, fluid within the ear was on the same plane as the chair. After the participant sat straight up, the fluid continued moving, and this caused the cartwheel sensation.