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Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013

Symptoms of Meniere's Disease

Like this woman on the tightrope, Meniere's can leave people feeling dizzy.

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can leave people afflicted with the disease battling vertigo so severe it can even leave them wheelchair bound. Meniere’s disease is a mysterious condition that has varying degrees of serious and physically draining symptoms.

Common symptoms of an oncoming episode of Meniere’s disease include a feeling of fullness in one or both ears, fluctuations in hearing, and tinnitus. These initial signs are usually followed by vertigo, imbalance, nausea, and vomiting. An average Meniere’s attack can last two to four hours. Severe attacks can bring on an overwhelming feeling of physical exhaustion and a staggering need to rest. Although Meniere’s can affect both ears, it typically begins in one ear. Meniere’s disease often causes a gradual and permanent decline in patient’s hearing. This hearing loss is due to damage of the delicate hair cells within the inner ear.

Symptoms of Meniere's Disease

Vertigo--is a strong whirling sensation that affects balance and can make it difficult, if not impossible, to remain standing.

Tinnitus--An irritating buzzing, clicking, or whining phantom sound within the ears that can drive a person to distraction. This sound can become so loud that it impedes on conversations and sleep.

Hearing Loss--this symptom can be intermittent or more persistent. It usually precedes an episode. Typically hearing loss improves between episodes, but overall hearing worsens with time.

Dizziness--Not nearly as severe as vertigo. This feeling has been compared to one of lightheadedness. It typically passes more quickly and is less debilitating than vertigo.

Drop Falls--Meniere's is not a subtle condition. It comes on suddenly and can cause people to lose control where they stand and drop to the ground. This symptom is a true danger and quite frightening do those with this condition and their family members.

Headaches--Not everyone with Meniere's suffers from headaches, but those that do report that the headaches are severe in intensity.

Nausea and Abdominal Discomfort--vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems have been associated with Meniere's.

Exhaustion-- is usually a result of an attack, as the combined symptoms of Meniere's can completely exhaust an individual. People with this disease often report they need to lay down to recuperate from an attack.

Nystagmus--rapid, sudden, and uncontrollable eye movements occur with Meniere's because the same part of the inner ear essential for balance also helps control eye movement.

Meniere's disease has a sudden onset that is usually preceded by a feeling of fullness or a ringing or roaring in the ears. It is common for people with this condition to have to lie down in order to feel better. The symptoms of Meniere's get worse with movement. This condition involves fluid in the inner ear and and can be best treated by a certified hearing health professional. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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