Meniere's Disease: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 5/22/2017

Excess pressure in the inner ear results in the typical symptoms of Ménière's disease. These include

The vertigo may cause nausea and vomiting. The hearing loss may worsen over time. Other symptoms that may occur include

The severity and frequency of the symptoms is variable among affected people. Between attacks or episodes, patients are free of symptoms. Attacks can be accompanied by anxiety, blurred vision, jerking eye movements, palpitations, fast heart rate, diarrhea, and trembling.

Causes of Ménière's disease

The exact cause of Ménière's disease is unknown, but it is believed to occur due to an abnormality in the fluid in the inner ear, either an abnormal amount or composition of the fluid in the inner ear.


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