Hydrops; Endolymphatic hydrops
Attacks or episodes of Meniere's disease often start without warning. They may occur daily, or as rarely as once a year. The severity of each episode can vary.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and sweating often occur.
- Symptoms get worse with sudden movement.
- Often, the person will need to lie down.
- The dizziness and feeling of being off-balance will last from minutes to hours.
- A person's hearing tends to recover between attacks but gets worse over time
- Low frequency noises are lost first
- Roaring or ringing in the ear (
tinnitus), as well as a sense of pressure in the ear are common
Other symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
Uncontrollable eye movements
Signs and tests
A brain and nervous system (neurological) examination may show problems with hearing, balance, or eye movement.
A procedure called
The following tests may also be done to distinguish Meniere's disease from other causes of vertigo:
Head CT scanor head MRI scan
- Hearing tests (
Review Date: 08/03/2010
Reviewed By: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.