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Dr. Timothy Hain

Office Phone: 312-274-0197
Fax #: 312-274-0198
Clinic: Chicago Dizziness and Hearing
Email: t-hain@northwestern.edu

Professor, Emeritus at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago IL

On staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Education: University of Illinois,  IL (BS in Biochemistry and Chem Eng; Medical school, Residency)

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University (Neurophysiology and Neuro-ophthalmology)

Board certified in Neurology (1981)

Teaching interests

  • Electrophysiology (i.e. vestibular testing)
  • Neurology, Otolaryngology overlaps.
  • CME courses in Vestibular Testing and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Patient care

Professional activities

  • American Academy of Neurology Fellow
  • American Neurological Association
  • Barany Society
  • Chicago Laryngological and Otolaryngological Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience
  • American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Medical Society
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Dr. Hain in the news

2014. Washington Post. Understanding Vertigo.

2010-2016. Chicago Magazine Top Doctors.
Listed for "otoneurology, dizziness and motion sickness."

Dr. Hain in news
April 2009 NPR (National Public Radio, Morning Edition) BPPV treatment
"This is really a success story in medicine," says Hain. "We've figured out the cause of this condition."
Dr. Hain in news

March, 2008 (9:04 AM) ABC Channel 7 News Fixing Dizziness
If your world is constantly spinning, you're not alone.
Neurologist Timothy Hain, known as the "dizzy doctor" uses various treatments but says there is a place for physical therapy.

Dr. Hain in news
January 2008 Chicago Magazine Top Doctors.
We are proud to be recognized in Chicago.

2003 to 2007
  • June 2007 NY Times
    When Seasickness Persists After a Return to Solid Ground
  • February 2005 New Scientist
    When I returned home after a day of sailing lessons, I still had the feeling that the room was moving up and down. Why is this?
  • January 19, 2005 Chicago Tribune
  • August 2004 News Release (Harvard)
    New research explains lag in onset of common type of vertigo
  • February 2003 Scientific American
  • February 28, 2003 Chicago Tribune

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Selected book chapters

  • Hain TC, Cherchi M. Migraine associated vertigo. in "Vestibular Disorders across the lifespan”, Keasser BW Gleason, AT, 2018.
  • Hain, TC (2017). Approach to the Patient with Dizziness and Vertigo. Practical Neurology. J. Biller, Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
  • Hain TC, Cherchi M. Non-otologic vertigo. in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull-Base Surgery: A Clinic Reference Guide. (Eds. Brackman DE, McRackan T). (2014)
  • Cherchi, M. and T. Hain (2010). Provocative Maneuvers for Vestibular Disorders. Vertigo and Imbalance: Clinical Neurophysiology of the Vestibular System. S. Eggers and D. S. Zee (Editors) , Elsevier.
  • Hain TC. Approach to the Vertigo Patient  In J. Biller (ed). Practical Neurology 2nd edition, Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia, (2008)
  • Hain TC, Rudisill H. Practical Anatomy and Physiology of the Oculomotor System.  Chapter for the Handbook of Balance Function (ed. Jacobson, 2008)
  • Hain TC, Helminski JO. Physiology of the vestibular system. in "Vestibular Rehabilitation" (Ed. S. Herdman), 2007
  • Hain TC, Helminski JO. Mal de Debarquement. in "Vestibular Rehabilitation" (Ed. S. Herdman, 2007)
  • Hain TC, Yacovino D. Episodic Vertigo. In Conn’s Current Therapy 2005
  • Hain TC, Helminski JC. Vestibular Reflexes. Kent (ed). Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences. (Eds: Aminoff M, Daroff R). Vol 4, pp 657-660, Academic Press, San Diego, 2003
  • Hain TC, Micco A. Cranial Nerve 8: Vestibulocochlear Nerve. Textbook of Neurology, Goetz and Pappert Ed, Saunders, 2003, (2nd Edn)
  • Hain TC. Approach to the Vertigo Patient. (Chapter) In J. Biller (ed). Practical Neurology, 2nd Ed Lippincott-Raven, Philadelphia 2002
  • Hain TC, Kotsias J, Pai CY. Tai Chi: Applications to Neurology. Chapter 19. Alternative and complementary treatment in Neurologic Illness, Weintraub MI, Ed. (Micozzi MS, senior editor). Churchill Livingstone, 2001. 248-254
  • Hain TC. Vertigo and Disequilibrium. In: Current Treatment in Neurologic Disease, 5th edn, Eds. R. Johnson and J. Griffin, p 8-12, 1997, also In: Current Therapy in Adult Medicine, 4th edn, Kassirir JP and Greene HL, Mosby, p 1358-1361, 1997.
  • Hain TC, Herdman SJ. Dizziness in the Elderly. (Ed Sage JI, Mark MH) Practical Neurology of the Elderly. Marcel Dekker Pub, New York, NY 1996.
  • Hain TC, Hillman MA: Physiology of the vestibular system. in Vestibular Rehabilitation (Ed. S. Herdman), FA Davis, 1993 (also see 2nd edn)
  • Hain TC: Oculomotor Testing: Interpretation. in Handbook of Balance Function Testing (Ed. Jacobson and Newman), Mosby, 1992
  • Hain TC: Vertigo. in: Current Therapy in Neurology (Ed. R. Johnson), 1990, also In: Current Therapy in Internal Medicine (Ed. Kassirer), B. C. Decker, 1991.

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Selected journal articles

  • Hain TC, Marcello Cherchi, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez. The Gain-Time Constant product quantifies total vestibular output in bilateral vestibular loss, Frontiers, In press (2018)
  • Hain TC, Marcello Cherchiand Dario Andres Yacovino, “Bilateral vestibular weakness. “Frontiers in Neurology-Neuro-Otology in Press (2018).
  • Yacovino, D. A., et al. (2017). "Fluctuating Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex in Meniere's Disease." Otol Neurotol.
  • Al-khersan H , Hain TC , Grassi M, Vision loss in a young female with post-concussion syndrome. JAMA Ophthalmology Clinical Challenge. 11-17-2016, doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2830 3.
  • Hain, T. C. and M. Cherchi (2016). "Mal de debarquement syndrome." Handb Clin Neurol 137: 391-395.
  • Shirley D, Hain T, Cherchi M. Triceps acoustically evoked myogenic potentials in patients with spinal cord lesions. Accepted April 10, 2015. JNNP.
  • Hain TC. (2015). "Cervicogenic causes of vertigo." Current opinion in neurology 28(1): 69-73.
  • Hain TC, Cherchi M, Yacovino DA (2013) Bilateral Vestibular Loss. Semin Neurol 33:195-203 (updated in 2018)
  • Yacovino DA, Hain TC. (2013) Clinical Characteristics of Cervicogenic-Related Dizziness and Vertigo. Semin Neurol 33:244-255
  • Hain, T. C. (2011). "Neurophysiology of vestibular rehabilitation." NeuroRehabilitation 29(2): 127-141.
  • Cherchi M, Hain TC (2011). Migraine associated vertigo. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. Apr;44(2):367-75 (updated in 2018)
  • Helminski JO, Zee DS, Janssen I, Hain TC. (2010).  Effectiveness of particle repositioning maneuvers in the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: a systematic review.  Physical Therapy 90(5) 1-16
  • Yacovino DA , Hain TC, Gualtieri F. (2009) New therapeutic maneuver for anterior canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. J Neurol. Jun .
  • Cherchi, M., Bellinaso NP, Card K, Covington A, Krumpe A, Pfeifer MS, Truitt A, Yoo H J, Rudisill HE, Hain TC. (2009). "Sound Evoked Triceps Myogenic Potentials." Otol Neurotol.
  • Chang CP, Hain TC. "A theory for treating visual vertigo due to optical flow" CyberPsychology and Behavior. 9-2008
  • Hain TC,  Cherchi M (2008). Pulse-synchronous torsional pendular nystagmus in unilateral superior canal dehiscence." Neurology 70(14): 1217-8.
  • Fife, T. D., D. J. Iverson, et al. (2008). "Practice parameter: therapies for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (an evidence-based review): report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology." Neurology 70(22): 2067-74.
  • Rudisill HE. and Hain TC (2008). "Lower extremity myogenic potentials evoked by acoustic stimuli in healthy adults." Otol Neurotol 29(5): 688-92.
  • Helminski JO, Hain TC. Daily exercise does not prevent recurrence of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  Otol Neurotol 29:976-961, 2008
  • Hain, TC. Head-shaking Nystagmus and New Technology (Editorial). Neurology. 68: 17, 1333-1334 (2007)
  • Keshner, E. A., J. Streepey, et al. (2007). Pairing virtual reality with dynamic posturography serves to differentiate between patients experiencing visual vertigo." J Neuroengineering Rehabil 4(1): 24.
  • Helminski JO, Hain TC. Evaluation and Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging 2007;15[6]:33-39)
  • Hain, T. C., T. M. Squires and H. A. Stone (2005). "Clinical implications of a mathematical model of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo." Ann N Y Acad Sci 1039: 384-94.
  • Helminski, J. O., I. Janssen, D. Kotaspouikis, Hain TC. (2005). "Strategies to prevent recurrence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo." Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 131(4): 344-8.
  • Moon I, Hain TC. Delayed Quick Spins following Vestibular Nerve Section Respond to Anticonvulsant Medication. Otol Neurotol 26:82-85 (2005)
  • Furman, JM and Hain TC. "Do try this at home": self-treatment of BPPV. Neurology, 2004. 63(1): p. 8-9.
  • Yacovino DA, Hain TC. (Article in Spanish) [Neck vibration: Usefulness in neurotology] Rev Neurol. 2004 Jun 1-15;38(11):1061-6.
  • Squires TM, Weidman MS, Hain TC, Stone HA. A mathematical model for top-shelf vertigo the role of sedimenting otoconia in BPPV. J Biomech, 2004. 37(8): p. 1137-46.
  • Brenner M, Hoistad D, Hain TC. Prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in Meniere's Disease. Archives of Oto HNS, 130/2 226-228 (2004)
  • Hoistad DL. and Hain TC. "Central hearing loss with a bilateral inferior colliculus lesion." Audiol Neurootol 8(2): 111-3. ,2003.
  • Hain TC, Uddin M. Pharmacological treatment of vertigo CNS Drugs 2003;17(2):85-100
  • Ostrowski V, Hain TC. Vectorial analysis of the Tullio's phenomenon associated with superior canal dehiscence. Otology and Neurotology, 22:61,2001
  • Fife TD, Tusa RJ, Furman JM, Zee DS, Frohman E, Baloh RW, Hain T, Goebel J, Demer J, Eviatar L. Assessment: vestibular testing techniques in adults and children: Report of the therapeutic and technology subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology, 2000, 55:10, 1431-1441
  • Hain TC, Ostrowski, VB. Limits of Normal for Pressure Sensitivity in the Fistula Test. Audiology and Neuro-otology 2:384-390, 1997
  • Rascol O, Hain TC, Benazet M, Clanet M, Montastruc JL: Antivertigo Medications and Drug-Induced Vertigo. Drugs 50(5):777-791, 1995.
  • Hain TC: Treatment of Vertigo. The Neurologist. 1: 125-133, 1995.
  • Herdman SJ, Sandusky AL, Hain TC, Zee DS, Tusa RJ: Characteristics of postural stability in patients with gentamicin toxicity. J. Vestibular Research. 4:71-80, 1994.
  • Ashe J, Hain TC, Zee DS: Microsaccadic oscillation - a new clinical syndrome. Brain, 114, 461-472, 1991.
  • Hain TC, Fetter M, Zee DS: Head-shaking nystagmus in unilateral peripheral vestibular lesions. American J. Otolaryngology., 8:36-47, 1987.
  • Hain TC, Zee DS, Mordes M: Blink-induced saccadic oscillations. Annals Neurology., 19:299-301, 1986.
  • Robinson DA, Zee DS, Hain TC, Holmes AM, Rosenberg LF: Alexander's law - its behavior and origin in the human vestibulo-ocular reflex. Ann. Neurology., 16:714-722, 1984.

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