10 Causes of Nystagmus

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Cause #2: Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is a condition affecting the inner ear resulting in vertigo, tinnitus, fullness in the ear, and hearing loss. While only one ear is usually affected, both ears may sometimes be involved over time. The episodes usually last about 20 minutes to several hours with varying timing and duration. The symptoms in Meniere’s disease can gradually become constant.

While the cause is unclear, experts believe that it may be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Approximately 10 percent of cases are observed to be hereditary. The symptoms of Meniere’s disease is thought to be due to the accumulation of fluid in the labyrinth of the inner ear.


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