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What is Ménière’s Disease? Symptoms Include: Ménière’s disease is a chronic, incurable vestibular (inner ear) disorder, which produces a recurring set of symptoms as a result of abnormally large amounts of a fluid called endolymph collecting in the inner ear. • H earing • B alance disturbance • D izziness and/or lightheadedness • H eadache and/or increased ear pressure loss and/or tinnitus • S ound sensitivity • V ague feeling of uneasiness In addition to the primary symptoms, attacks can also include: • A nxiety • B lurry vision or eye jerking • N ausea and vomiting, cold sweat, palpitations or rapid pulse, trembling Treatments Include: • R educed-sodium During an attack of early stage Ménière’s disease, symptoms include: • S pontaneous, diet • M edications • S urgery • F luctuating • E ar violent vertigo • C hemical labyrinthectomy hearing loss fullness and/or tinnitus Vital Signs Fall 2013 Vol. 60 5