I am currently seeing the most renowned ENT in Australia and he is convinced I have MAV. My symptoms started about 15 years ago, with a feeling of fullness in my left ear and an episode of vertigo. This was followed by tinnitus in my left ear. The tinnitus has never gone away. I also have some high frequency hearing loss in my left ear.
Fast forward 15 years and i just had my second bout of vertigo. It is also associated with a feeling of fullness in my left ear and loud tinnitus.
I visited my ENT two days later and the day I visited him I felt fine, just a tad unsteady.
However, over the next days: Thurs, Friday, Sat, Sun: there was a feeling of fullness in left ear again along with muffled hearing and louder tinnitus than usual.
And then last night I drank half bottle red wine! Bad idea.
I woke this morning very early feeling quite dizzy (not true vertigo) and very loud tinnitus. I got up and went for a long slow walk for an hour. Returned feeling fragile and scared.
At noon, I spoke with the receptionist at my ENT’s office and the anxiety of the call saw a wave of dizziness came over me…not true vertigo, but the floor moving under my feet (like on a ship) and I was scared to move my head either way lest it cause a full blown attack of vertigo. My head felt ‘heavy’, unstable. And my tinnitus was loud like a head full of bees. I sat very still staring at a spot on the wall. Closing my eyes made the dizziness worse. I was terrified.
Eventually, I was helped into bed, feeling incredibly drained and fatigued. I fell asleep for 45 minutes.
I awoke feeling a lot more stable (still loud buzzing head of tinnitus), and went for a slow uneventful walk for 30 minutes.
I feel a lot better this evening and even managed dinner.
My ENT phoned me tonight. He believes I have either have Menieres or MAV, but he would put his money on MAV because it is more statistically likely. This is interesting, considering I would class myself as quite photophobic and phonophobic.
However, I have unilateral low and high frequency hearing loss, coupled with a severe anxiety disorder.
I have never had a migraine headache that I can recall, however I do get these non-headache migraines that present as aura (staircase of light).
My ENT believes whether it’s menieres or MAV, getting my anxiety under control is the key.