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Meniere’s Disease is a disease of the inner ear. Meniere’s is characterized by four main symptoms:

  1. Violent rotational vertigo affecting balance; possibly with vomiting and diarrhea. This may be accompanied by visual disturbances including nystagmus and osscilopsia. An otolithic Crisis of Tumarkin is a sudden spontaneous drop to the ground without loss of consciousness.
  2. Tinnitus – ringing or roaring in the ears
  3. Aural fullness – sensation of pressure in the ear
  4. Fluctuating and progressive hearing loss that can become permanent (during a vertigo attack, the person may lose all hearing in the affected ear(s).

Some patients may experience migraines and extreme sensitivity to noise and movement that worsens the vertigo. During a vertigo attack, some people may appear disoriented or confused, and have slurred speech.

Doctors may have prescribed vestibular suppressants, motion sickness medications, diuretics, and anti-anxiety medications.

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