- Periodic episodes of vertigo or dizziness
- Progressive, low-frequency hearing loss
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear
- A feeling of pressure in the ear
The disease most commonly affects people in the age range of 40-50, but some cases have occurred in people in their 20s, and sometimes even in children. One 23-year-old patient described the disease this way:
Imagine having a headache caused by a fire alarm ringing or a bee buzzing in your ear continually for a long period of time. You can’t hear anything but that fire alarm or bee – It drowns everything else out. You see, this disease while playing havoc with your balance and equilibrium, also reeks havoc with your hearing. It wouldn’t be so bad if the hearing loss was constant and predictable. But no, one day I can hear conversation fairly OK, and the next I can be virtually deaf, then the next day I can hear again. The hearing loss can fluctuate, but is usually progressive, and many with the disease end up severely hard-of-hearing or deaf. N
ow try to imagine living with this disease never knowing when one of these periods of tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, double vision, lack of coordination, recruitment, disequilibrium, or “brain fog” is going to hit, or how bad it will be.
If you have suffer from ringing in the ear, and also other symptoms such as the ones described above, consider seeking advice from a medical professional. It is possible there are other issues going on, such as Meniere’s disease. For more information on tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, check out this video: