Possible Risk Factors
The occurrence of episodes can be reduced by reducing some of the triggers. Stress is one of the most common triggers for an episode, and the International Journal of Audiology (2006) has reported that patients with Meniere's have more daily stressors and an increased anxiety level as compared to a reference group. Though it is unknown whether this stress is a result of maintaining an upright body position throughout the day, when the body wants to tilt, or simply a result of frustration due to ear ringing or hearing loss, stress appears to be correlated with Meniere's disease.
Other triggers include overwork, anxiety, fatigue, illness, pressure changes, chocolate, excess salt, and certain smells such as paint fumes or bleach. Other times, there are no triggers and vertigo or dizziness can come on unexpectedly. This creates the greatest fear for the person.
Extreme activities such as roller coasters, fun houses, rollerblading, snowboarding, and even watching a movie on a big screen can trigger an episode. It's best for people with Meniere's to avoid these activities.
Even a simple trip to the grocery store can cause one to be dizzy. The bright overhead lights, shopping carts moving in every direction, and walking past colorful items on both sides of the body can be over-stimulating, which results in dizziness.