5 Symptoms of Meniere's Disease

Meniere’s disease is relatively rare, affecting about 615,000 adults in the United States with 45,000 new cases diagnosed annually. If, however, you’re experiencing the symptoms of this often-debilitating condition, those numbers probably aren’t as important to you as knowing what treatments are available for Meniere’s.

Our experts at Petoskey Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, located in Petoskey, Gaylord, and St. Ignace, Michigan, offer outstanding treatment for conditions affecting your ears, nose, and throat.      

Here’s what our team has to say about five common symptoms of Meniere’s disease and the treatments we offer.

1. Vertigo

Vertigo is often the most troublesome and debilitating symptom associated with Meniere’s.

Vertigo takes mild or moderate dizziness or lightheadedness to a whole new level by causing you to feel as if your body or the environment around you is physically spinning even when you’re standing or lying perfectly still.

Vertiginous episodes associated with Meniere’s put you at great risk of falling, typically occur without warning, and may last for 20 minutes to several hours. For many individuals, vertigo also causes nausea, vomiting, headaches, and profuse sweating.

2. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Often one of the early warning signs of Meniere’s, tinnitus is typically described as a high-pitched ringing, buzzing, hissing, or whooshing sound that usually occurs in one ear but may involve both. These inner ear noises can happen any time of the day or night and may be soft or loud enough to interfere with your hearing.

3. Sensation of fullness in your ear

Also identified as “aural fullness,” this relatively common symptom of Meniere’s is often described as a pressure sensation or feeling that your ears are clogged. Aural fullness related to Meniere’s disease does not typically resolve with yawning, chewing gum, and other tricks you may try to relieve eustachian tube dysfunction caused by pressure changes in air travel and underwater diving.

4. Hearing loss

Initially, the hearing loss associated with Meniere’s is temporary and may be linked to other symptoms such as tinnitus or aural fullness causing muffled hearing. Eventually, however, most individuals diagnosed with Meniere’s experience some level of hearing loss in the affected ear.

5. Fatigue, anxiety, low mood

Meniere’s itself is not an underlying cause of fatigue, anxiety, or depression. However, the unpredictable nature of the symptoms as well as the long-term ramifications of episodic vertigo, hearing loss, and other troublesome issues associated with Meniere’s can greatly affect your quality of life.

Treating Meniere’s disease

Our team builds an individualized treatment strategy for Meniere’s that may include:

Medical science has not yet developed a cure for Meniere’s, but the therapies offered by our experts are highly effective at reducing the effects of this frustrating condition. Schedule your evaluation with us at Petoskey Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists today. 

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