Hi Achey! I was dx'd with Meniere's in my mid twenties...my father had it, my grandfather and we think one of my son's has it now although he has never had the testing, just some of the symptoms. Yes, I have the whirling vertigo that can last for a few hours or a few days. The longest episode I ever had was a week. Salt and MSG will trigger an attack almost immeditaley. I'm talking very salty restaurant food or canned soups and other proceesed foods with nitrates. Bacon willl bring me to my knees. I also have 'spells' with some visual triggers...like Austen does. Driving along a road where the sunlight flickers through the trees...watching a movie with a lot of movement. I have never vomited...knock on wood, but I do sit still with a waste basket near me 'just in case'.
I may be wrong about this but I was told that the deafness caused from this disease cannot be helped with a hearing aid because the little ciliae actually die off during an attack and these little hairs transmit sound. I have lost a great deal of my hearing. Maybe Austen, who has this also can shed better light on the hearing aid thing. I also have constant ringing in my ears and have to have background noise around me so I don't hear it as much.
Good luck to you and I hope you get some answers.
I think they can test with an MRI now. Back when I was dx'd, they did a bunch of things like shoot water and air in my ears, then waited to see how long I recovered from the spinning by watching my eyes. They also spun me around in a chair in a room with checkered walls then made some observations about recovery time. The tests aren't so grueling now. I did not finish the entire round of testing because I got too sick and started barfing. Because of the family history and all my symptoms, I was just told it was Meniere's. I take a valium when I feel it coming on. There is a condition called Benign Positional Vertigo which is the dizziness brought on only by head and eye movement and the symptoms only last a few minutes. Has your doctor ever mentioned that?