This imbalance may also be affected by migraines, allergies, head trauma, viral infections, and the inability for the ear to drain properly. Meniere’s disease can cause great discomfort and interrupt daily activities. Episodes can last longer than 20 minutes, cause extensive dizziness (vertigo), a decreased ability to hear and be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. In addition to permanent hearing loss, patients may fall frequently, experience extreme nausea due to the vertigo and have an increased risk for developing depression or anxiety.
Although there’s no known cure for Meniere’s disease, your physician can recommend ways to minimize the symptoms such as medications for motion sickness and nausea as well as long-term medication to reduce the amount of fluid in your inner ear.